One in seven people infected with covid-19 in the UK still show symptoms of the infection three months later, including tiredness and muscle pain, according to official data released today.
The data on the phenomenon, already known as “long covid”, result from a study by the British National Statistics Office (ONS), released today, covering 20,000 infected with covid-19 between April 26, 2020 and March 6, 2021.
According to ONS, 13.7 percent of those infected had symptoms such as muscle pain and tiredness, 12 weeks after the infection.
While 14.7 percent of women experienced prolonged symptoms, the percentage among men was lower, 12.7%.
By age group, the highest percentage of “long covid” was in the 25-34 age group (18.2%).
British Health Minister Matt Hancock told Sky News that the results of the study are “unsettling” and that the Government will in the future fund more research to “understand the long covid”.
The covid-19 pandemic killed about 127,000 people in the UK.
Currently, the country is one of the world leaders in vaccination, having already applied 31 million first doses and 4.5 million second doses, since the campaign began in December 2020.
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