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1 in 37 people in the UK suffer from long Covid

An estimated 1.7 million people living in private households in the UK were experiencing self-reported long COVID as of 5 March 2022.

This is around 2.7% of the population, or 1 in every 37 people, with symptoms persisting for more than four weeks after the first suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) infection that were not explained by something else.

Of those, 1.2 million people (69%) first had (or suspected they had) COVID-19 at least 12 weeks previously, 784,000 (45%) at least one year previously and 74,000 (4%) at least two years previously.

1.7 million people experiencing self reported long COVID

Fatigue continued to be the most common symptom reported as part of individuals’ experience of long COVID (51% of those with self-reported long COVID), followed by shortness of breath (34%), loss of smell (28%), and muscle ache (24%).

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