Long COVID – when symptoms of COVID last for many weeks and months – affects people of all ages and even those with mild initial symptoms. Current best estimates are that between 5-10% of people who get COVID will develop Long COVID. We don’t yet know how long it takes for lingering symptoms (most commonly fatigue) to resolve, but for some people there will be permanent organ damage. New specialised services are being set up to help those with Long COVID recover. These need to be expanded across the country and existing national guidelines communicated to all clinicians. As this is still a new condition, it is important to set up national databases and research projects to learn more about risk factors, causes, time course and treatments, in partnership with patients.
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