Member briefing: Understanding long COVID

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This briefing from the NHS Confederation provides an overview of what is currently known about long COVID, including the symptoms, incidence among people who have been infected with COVID-19 and how the government and NHS are responding.

Key points

  • Many people who have had COVID-19 report that they continue to experience symptoms for a significant time after the initial infection. Characterised by a range of symptoms, including persistent fatigue, breathlessness and fatigue, long COVID is estimated to affect around 10 per cent of COVID-19 patients – around 60,000 people.
  • While most people recover slowly, the prognosis for those more severely affected is unclear. A number of studies are looking at the incidence of long COVID and how it affects people.
  • On October 7 2020, Sir Simon Stevens announced £10 million in additional local funding to address long COVID. The package of support includes rehabilitation centres, an online hub providing advice and information and tailored rehabilitation support, and upcoming National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on managing long COVID.
  • The studies cited in this briefing are not yet peer reviewed, reflecting the early stages of research into long COVID.

Read the briefing.

2 December 2020