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Matt Hancock Admits He Is 'Worried' About The 'Debilitating' Health Problems That Plague Covid-19 'Long-Haulers' For Months
Friday 17 July 2020
Matt Hancock admits he is 'worried' about the 'debilitating' health problems that plague Covid-19 'long-haulers' for months
Thousands of Covid-19 'long-haulers' have suffered chronic tiredness, breathlessness and heart problems for months after beating the disease.
Doctors have identified more serious symptoms in a smaller proportion of people, including delusions, strokes, insomnia, kidney disease and mobility issues.
Mr Hancock told Sky News today that the growing number of patients who have yet to completely recover after shaking the viral disease worried him.
He said: 'I am concerned there's increasing evidence a minority of people — but a significant minority — have long-term impacts and it can be quite debilitating.
'It is something that I'm worried about, we've taken action on, both through the NHS and through the research activities.'
Most coronavirus patients will recover within a fortnight, suffering a fever, cough and losing their sense of smell or taste for several days.
However, evidence is beginning to show that the tell-tale symptoms of the virus can persist for weeks on end in 'long haulers' — the term for patients plagued by lasting complications.
British scientists have already launched an investigation into the long-term impacts of Covid-19, which the Government has pumped almost £10million into.
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