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Economically inactive Britons with Long Covid have ‘doubled’ in a year

One in twenty people in the UK who are neither employed nor seeking paid work are suffering from Long Covid, with the figure more than doubling in the past year, official data has revealed.

The proportion is far higher than for the 1 in 29 people who are unemployed but seeking work who have long Covid symptoms, or the one in 30 employed people who are sufferers, data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows.

Individuals who are not employed and are not looking for paid work are classified as being economically inactive.

The data suggests the long-term impacts of the virus could be driving people into this category, or into retirement.

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Source: The Guardian, 4 August 2022


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