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UK ONS: 1.3 million long COVID cases in Britain – 2% of the population

Coronavirus, England, Health, Infection, London, Long Covid, Mental Heath, MIS-C PIMS, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Symptoms, UK, Wales

ONS: An estimated 1.3 million people living in private households in the UK were experiencing self-reported long COVID as of 6 December 2021. That represents 2.0% of the population.

An estimated 1.3 million people living in private households in the UK (2.0% of the population) were experiencing self-reported long COVID (symptoms persisting for more than four weeks after the first suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) infection that were not explained by something else) as of 6 December 2021.

The proportion of people with self-reported long COVID who reported that it reduced their ability to carry out daily activities remained stable compared with previous months; symptoms adversely affected the day-to-day activities of 809,000 people (64% of those with self-reported long COVID), with 247,000 (20%) reporting that their ability to undertake their day-to-day activities had been “limited a lot”.

Fatigue continued to be the most common symptom reported as part of individuals’ experience of long COVID (51% of those with self-reported long COVID), followed by loss of smell (37%), shortness of breath (36%), and difficulty concentrating (28%).

As a proportion of the UK population, prevalence of self-reported long COVID was greatest in people aged 35 to 69 years, females, people living in more deprived areas, those working in health care, social care, or teaching and education (which saw the biggest month-on-month increase out of all employment sectors), and those with another activity-limiting health condition or disability.

ONS: Prevalence of ongoing symptoms following coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the UK : 6 January 2022

 

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