1.9 million

People were living with self-reported Long Covid (2.9% of the UK population)

  • 69% Had been infected by Covid at least 1 year previously.
  • 41% were infected at least 2 years previously.
  • 79% reported that symptoms adversely affected their day-to-day activities.
  • 20% reported that their ability to undertake day-to-day activities had been “limited a lot”.
  • 72% reported that fatigue continued to be the most common symptom, followed by:
    • difficulty concentrating (51%),
    • muscle ache (49%),
    • shortness of breath (48%).

The most common lasting symptoms

mild or severe fatigue
difficulty thinking or concentrating
joint pains
loss or change of sense of smell or taste
shortness of breath
chest tightness or pain
poor memory

People most likely to report lasting symptoms if:

they were female
had severe initial symptoms
were infected earlier in the pandemic
had pre-existing health conditions

Duration of symptomatic illness

average duration was 10 days
1 in 10 people in the study reported symptoms for more than 4 weeks
1 in 13 for more than 12 weeks
1 in 20 for more than a year
Almost a third of people reporting symptoms at 12 weeks had recovered within a year
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