Dr Athena Akrami of UCL, the senior creator of the examine, mentioned: “While there has been a whole lot of public dialogue round lengthy Covid, there are few systematic research investigating this inhabitants.
“Hence comparatively little is thought about its vary of symptoms and their development over time, the severity, and anticipated medical course, its impression on day by day functioning and anticipated return to baseline well being.
“In this unique approach, we have gone directly to ‘long haulers’ around the world in order to establish a foundation of evidence for medical investigation, improvement of care, and advocacy for the long Covid population. This is the most comprehensive characterisation of long Covid symptoms so far.”
All the opposite examine authors have both had Covid or proceed to grapple with debilitating symptoms.
The common variety of symptoms for individuals who have had lengthy Covid for more than three months was 17, with the bulk saying their recovery was affected by relapses.
Almost half – 45.2 per cent – weren’t working the identical hours as they’d been earlier than turning into sick with the virus, and 22.3 per cent weren’t working on the time of the survey.
Dr Akrami mentioned: “For the primary time, this examine shines a light-weight on the huge spectrum of symptoms, notably neurological, prevalent and persistent in sufferers with lengthy Covid.
“Memory and cognitive dysfunction, skilled by over 85 per cent of respondents, have been probably the most pervasive and persisting neurologic symptoms, equally frequent throughout all ages, and with a considerable impression on work.
“We now believe a national programme could be rolled out into communities able to screen, diagnose and treat all those suspected of having long Covid symptoms.”
The full scale of lengthy Covid stays unknown and there may be debate over what the standards and threshold needs to be. In its newest bulletin, the ONS mentioned the situation was “an emerging phenomenon that is not yet fully understood”.
However, it’s estimated that round a million individuals within the UK have lengthy Covid – round 1.5 per cent of the inhabitants.