60k Brits struck by ‘long Covid’ symptoms have been ill for 3 months – with some left in wheelchairs

UP TO 60,000 Brits struck by “long-Covid” have been ill for three months with some left in wheelchairs.

People who were previously fit and healthy who have recovered from the virus have in some cases been left bed ridden and unable to climb the stairs.

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Professor Tim Spector, who is leading the Covid Symptom Study app, said that 60,000 people have been ill for over three months.

Some people have had a mild form of illness but others have been seriously affected.

The King’s College London professor said the app also suggested about 300,000 people have had symptoms for more than a month.

Some say they were previously fit but now need a wheelchair.

Prof Spector said: “There’s a big danger these people might end up being forgotten.”

 

 

Professor Spector said he is 'frustrated' that data is not more widely used.

Breathlessness and fatigue have been reported by long-term sufferers and some have described how doing shopping or climbing stairs can leave them bed-ridden for days.

Last month it was reported that over half a million Brits were suffering with long-Covid and that some doctors were dismissing symptoms.

It was also reported that 75 per cent of of patients admitted to hospital with the virus continued to suffer with ongoing issues.

On Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that some people were still experiencing symptoms six months after contracting the virus.

Speaking on LBC radio, Mr Hancock said: "Long Covid, where people six months on are still ill, is prevalent among younger people."

It comes as new guidance published on the Government website sets out some of the long-term effects for people who have had the virus.

It states that around 10% of mild Covid-19 cases who were not admitted to hospital have reported symptoms lasting more than 4 weeks.

In addition, a number of people admitted to hospital reported continuing symptoms for eight or more weeks.

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