Long covid: Expert discusses number of people suffering in UK
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Condone Sherwood, co-founder of Long Covid SOS, spoke out during the BBC 2 Newsnight programme. “People’s lives have been radically changed and they just cannot get back to where they were before,” she said.
She spoke as scientists and medical experts warned the Government about possible severe repercussions from the July 19 easing.
David Strain, a senior clinical lecturer and Covid researcher at Exeter University, shared his concerns about long Covid to the Financial Times.
“Many of us have been urging the new health secretary Sajid Javid to consider long Covid when evaluating the easing of lockdown,” he said.
“But he does not seem to have taken it into account at all, even though long Covid is probably going to have more impact on the economy than any other aspect of the pandemic.”
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Ms Sherwood explained she was shocked to see so many young people suffering with long Covid symptoms.
“It shocked me when I first joined the support group that I belong to, how many young people were there complaining of symptoms which were frightening – young people talking about problems with their hearts, talking about neurological problems,” she said.
“You can imagine what an impact that has on a young, healthy and often fit person.
“These symptoms can make it really very difficult to get through a normal day.”
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The most commonly known symptoms of long Covid are fatigue, breathing problems, muscle pain and what is known as “brain fog”.
“Covid-19 is a whole body disease and therefore long Covid manifests all over the body,” Ms Sherwood explained.
Long Covid SOS, a UK based Campaign for recognition of long Covid, launched a initiative yesterday. Titled ‘Message in a Bottle – Long Covid SOS’, it hopes to raise awareness for people suffering from persistent symptoms.
Although Covid vaccinations have broken the link between Covid cases and deaths, experts are still not sure about the extent it reduces risk of long-term symptoms.
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