UK ONS Says, 430,000 People have Long COVID-19 Two Years after Infection

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According to the data released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), around 430,000 people in the United Kingdom were still suffering from COVID-19 two years after first contracting the COVID-19 virus.

According to the data, one in every 32 people in the United Kingdom was estimated to have some form of long COVID-19 at the end of July 2022, which is equivalent to 2 million people. Of those people, around 1.5 million people said that their symptoms were affecting their daily activities, while 384,000 said that their ability to undertake daily activities was affected.

Fatigue continues to be the most common symptom that was reported by individuals with long COVID-19, with 62 percent reporting tiredness or weakness. Over a third, 37 percent of the surveyed people reported shortness of breath as one of the symptoms, while difficulty in concentration, muscle aches were the most cited symptoms.

Certain groups are at higher risk of the long COVID-19 than other people, and this also includes people aged 35 to 69 years, those living in more deprived areas, and those working in social care.

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The UK NHS has responded to the high number of COVID-19 patients by setting up clinics to assess, treat, and diagnose them and also refer them on to other services, like cardiology departments for people with heart issues.