PM warned dropping restrictions will expose more to "devastating impact" of long Covid
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has warned that the government’s plans to lift almost all remaining restrictions, including rules on social distancing and mask wearing, on July 19 risks leaving many more people with long Covid.
It comes after the latest ONS figures revealed an estimated 962,000 people in the UK have long Covid, of which 385,000 have had the condition for one year or more. 92% of those with long Covid were not hospitalised when they first caught coronavirus, and 242,000 were under the age of 34.
The Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty today admitted we do not yet know whether the vaccine weakens or breaks the link with long Covid, and that more data is expected to come out on this in the coming months.
Layla Moran, Chair of the APPG on Coronavirus, said:
“The government's rush to drop remaining measures risks exposing many more people to the devastating impact of long Covid, including younger age groups who aren’t yet fully vaccinated.
"This condition leaves many unable to work or carry out their regular daily activities, with severe consequences for our NHS and economy.
“Now is not the time to throw in the towel in the fight against coronavirus. A balanced and evidence-based approach is needed which protects the unvaccinated and vulnerable while keeping any new variants under control.”
Contact: Paul Haydon, [email protected] , 07988395025
Notes to Editors
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on coronavirus is conducting a cross-party parliamentary inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic and has so far held over 20 hearings and made over 40 recommendations. The APPG has made a series of recommendations to improve support for those living with long Covid, after receiving evidence from a large number of long Covid sufferers.
A recent investigation by the APPG on Coronavirus revealed that some long Covid patients are waiting over 100 days for treatment. Several NHS trusts pointed to financial and operational pressures that have delayed the setting up of long Covid clinics.