Long COVID affecting 1.1 million people in UK, new figures reveal

Around 1.1 million people in the UK have reported suffering long COVID, new government figures show.

Of those affected, 674,000 people said the condition was "adversely affecting" their day-to-day lives, with 196,000 of these saying their activity had been limited a lot.

The figures, which are for the four-week period up to 6 March, relate to self-reported long COVID, as experienced by study participants, rather than by a clinical diagnosis.

There is no universally agreed definition of long COVID, but it covers a broad range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain, and difficulty concentrating.

A report out last week revealed that seven in 10 people taken to hospital with COVID-19 had not fully recovered after five months.

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