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  1. News Article
    Researchers from the 'Therapies for Long COVID (TLC) Study Group' at the University of Birmingham are studying long COVID is and what influences it by pooling data from lots of separate studies to find out the prevalence of reported symptoms and to see what the impacts and complications of long COVID are. Their review showed just how varied long COVID is. Patients may experience symptoms related to any system in the body – including respiratory, neurological and gastroenterological symptoms. The pooled data showed that the ten most commonly reported symptoms in long COVID are fatigue, sho
  2. News Article
    US President Biden has said people suffering from long-term effects if Covid-19 could be considered a disability under federal civil rights laws. The administration does make clear however that having long covid doesn't automatically mean disability and that an individual assessment may be needed to determine whether a person’s long-term symptoms “substantially limits a major life activity.” President Biden has said the classification of long covid as a possible disability would “help Americans grappling with long-term effects of covid-19 that doctors call long covid.” Read full
  3. News Article
    UCLH has been awarded £6.8m to conduct what has been regarded as the largest Long Covid clinical study and will focus on understanding the condition, how to diagnose it, manage it and improve the recovery process. The research will be a collaborative effort and will include 30 researchers, health professionals, patients and industry partners from more than 30 organisations and the project will be known as TIMULATE-ICP (Symptoms, Trajectory, Inequalities and Management: Understanding Long-Covid to Address and Transform Existing Integrated Care Pathways). Read full story. Source:
  4. News Article
    It has been announced that the UK is set to launch 15 new research programs to study 'Long Covid', allocating nearly 20 million pounds to the projects. The research programs are aiming to understand the condition better as well as identify it and evaluate different treatments. The Department for Health and Social Care have said, "Those people who have long COVID will benefit from the latest research revealed, which will help to understand the condition better, improve diagnosis and find new treatments." Read full story. Source: The Day Chronicle, 18 July 2021
  5. News Article
    A major new study has found Long Covid is associated with at least 200 symptoms, the most common of which includes fatigue, post-exertional malaise and cognitive dysfunction. The research led by a team at University College London spoke to thousands of people, many of whom have said they experienced symptoms for months. Other symptoms include: visual hallucinations, tremors, itchy skin, changes to the menstrual cycle, sexual dysfunction, heart palpitations, bladder control issues, shingles, memory loss, blurred vision, diarrhoea, and tinnitus. Read full story. Source: The
  6. News Article
    New research has suggested unvaccinated young people may be at a higher risk of getting long-term symptoms. With restrictions being lifted on 19th July, concerns have been raised about the impact of the Delta variant. Professor Danny Altmann has said “From every version of Covid we’ve ever seen on the planet, we’ve got a rule of thumb that any case of Covid, whether it’s asymptomatic, mild, severe, or hospitalised, incurs a 10 to 20% risk of developing long Covid, and we haven’t seen any exceptions to that.” Read full story. Source: The Guardian, 13 July 2021
  7. News Article
    Researchers at Imperial College London have found a pattern of rouge antibodies that may allow a simple blood test to diagnose Long Covid in the next 6 to 18 months. Currently, there is no diagnostic test for Long Covid and the condition is not yet fully understood, and with the rise in cases, it is not yet known if the vaccination can protect patients from getting long-term symptoms. However, leading the research team at Imperial College London, Professor Danny Altmann believes the research could allow for a test to be performed in a GP surgery. And regarding the rising cases, Pro
  8. News Article
    A pattern in rouge antibodies has been found by Imperial College London scientists which may lead to a blood test for the condition within 6 to 18 months. Leading the team at Imperial College London, Professor Danny Altmann has said the 'work will lead to a test which could be done in a doctor's surgery'. However, he is concerned with the lifting of lockdown restrictions on 19th July. Long Covid is not yet fully understood with no current diagnostic test yet available for the illness. However, a range of symptoms have been listed which include fatigue, breathlessness, muscle pain a
  9. News Article
    A study by React have estimated around 2 million people may be suffering from long Covid but scientists say the cases are going under reported. Currently, there is no universal definition of long Covid and the symptoms are varying and broad. To better understand the condition, the government has set up around 80 clinics and have invested £50m for research. Read full story. Source: BBC News, 30 June 2021
  10. News Article
    A new survey of half a million adults in the UK has revealed more than 2 million may have suffered from long Covid. Currently, long Covid is not fully understood and its definition has not yet been agreed upon. The self-reported survey showed 37% of respondents experienced at least one symptom lasting 12 weeks or more with higher weight, smoking, lower incomes and having a chronic illness being associated with a higher chance of experiencing symptoms of long Covid. The government has issued £50m in funding for research on long Covid. Read full story. Source: BBC News, 24
  11. News Article
    GPs have been given until the 31st July to sign up patients to the new enhanced long Covid enhanced service (ES). The new service was set up to help support patients with the condition as it was considered complex and needed consistent support. The ES is also intended to help GP practices 'plan their workforce set up, training needs and infrastructure in order to support patients with this new condition’. The payment to practices will occur on a monthly basis and will be paid 75% of the fee (£0.371) per registered patient. The remaining 25% (£0.124 )will be paid once patients
  12. Content Article
    Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your experience of Long Covid? I’m a Respiratory Consultant and caught Covid-19 back in November 2020, during the second wave in the UK. Since my initial infection I have suffered from persistent symptoms including palpitations, distressing skin rashes, disabling fatigue, cognitive issues and urinary incontinence. I have not yet been able to return to work. Do you believe you caught the virus while at work? Yes, without a doubt. I was working with infected patients and, like many frontline colleagues, became ill myself. We didn’t
  13. News Article
    NHS England are set to launch a new service for children suffering from long COVID. Although data has suggested that children are less likely to suffer from severe disease, there have been an increasing number of reports of continued symptoms. The new service will consist of 15 new paediatric hubs with experts to treat young people and advise their families and carers or refer them to specialist services. The NHS has invested £100m in specialist services to help meet the needs of the possible hundreds of thousands who are expected to experience long COVID with symptoms ranging
  14. Content Article
    “Access to health information to help people make informed choices about their health and wellbeing is vital. More so when an illness becomes long term and stops people living their normal life. When trusted information is missing, misinformation and disinformation can fill the gap and cause real harm. People with long Covid should not be left to Dr Google, particularly when we know Covid has hit disadvantaged communities hardest.…” Sophie Randall, Director at Patient Information Forum Symptoms of Long Covid Patients with Long Covid report wide-ranging symptoms affecting all body
  15. News Article
    The number of people suffering from symptoms of long covid more than a year after their initial Coronavirus infection has jumped to almost 400,000. New data from the Office for National Statistics based on a survey of patients found the numbers of patients with persistent symptoms after 12 months jumped from 70,000 in March to 376,000 in May. Overall, the ONS said an estimated one million people had self-reported signs of long Covid which last for more than four weeks. The effects of long Covid were reported to be affected the day-to-day activities of 650,000 people, with 192,00
  16. News Article
    People who remain chronically ill after Covid infections in England have had to wait months for appointments and treatment at specialist clinics set up to handle the surge in patients with long Covid. MPs called on Matt Hancock, the health secretary, to explain the lengthy waiting times and what they described as a “shameful postcode lottery” which left some patients facing delays of more than four months before being assessed at a specialist centre while others were seen within days. NHS England announced in December that people with long Covid, or post-Covid syndrome, could seek he
  17. News Article
    Family doctors are being forced out of their jobs after developing long Covid, prompting demands for the government to compensate NHS staff with the debilitating condition who cannot work. GPs struggling with the condition have told the Observer they felt “shocked and betrayed” when their colleagues removed them from their posts because of prolonged sick leave. “I received a lawyer’s letter on behalf of the other partners in the GP surgery telling me that they were ending my partnership. I understood why they did what they did, because I was too sick to work at the time. But it was a
  18. News Article
    COVID-19 vaccines tend to alleviate the symptoms of long Covid, according to a large survey of more than 800 people that suggests mRNA vaccines, in particular, are beneficial. Although COVID-19 was initially understood to be a largely respiratory illness from which most would recover within a few weeks, as the pandemic wore on increasing numbers of people reported experiencing symptoms for months on end. There is no consensus definition of the condition of these people who have symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue to organ damage, let alone a standardised treatment plan. As vaccines
  19. Content Article
    Below is a list of substantive updates: • The clinical case definition and evidence summary has been updated in line with NICE/SIGN/RCGP guidance and recent advances in understanding of the condition. • A clear clinical pathway has been developed and is detailed here. • Further information on service design has been included, based on consensus of established services and NICE/SIGN/RCGP guidance. • A specific section on children and young people is included here. • Further developments on data and information are included here including minimum datasets for coding in p
  20. News Article
    Every adult who has tested positive for COVID-19 in Scotland is to be invited to take part in a major new study into the effects of long Covid. Researchers hope to identify how many people in Scotland continue to be unwell after having the virus. The Covid in Scotland Study (CISS) will ask people what their symptoms are and how it affects their lives. Those taking part will be asked to use a phone app to answer questions about their health before and after Covid. Early estimates suggest as many as 6,000 people in Scotland were experiencing long term symptoms after the first wave