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Long Covid: Hospital patients to get checks at six weeks

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Patients in hospital with coronavirus should be offered a follow-up six weeks later to check for "long Covid" symptoms, doctors are being advised.

The guidance, drawn up by health officials across the UK, says the long-term effects can be "significant". They identified 28 of the most common symptoms, from breathlessness and dizziness to chest pain.

Mental health problems including depression, anxiety and struggling to think clearly, have also been reported.

"Because this is a new condition, there is still much that we don't know about it," said Paul Chrisp of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which produces health guidance.

The NHS has opened 69 specialist clinics across England to offer rehabilitation to people recovering from the disease.

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Source: BBC News, 18 December 2020

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