According to a British study released on Thursday, nearly one in seven British people who tested positive for COVID-19 had sustained symptoms for at least 1
The National Bureau of Statistics said that last year’s study of 20,000 people who tested positive from April last year to March this year found that 13.7% of their symptoms lasted for at least 12 weeks.
This is based on self-reported so-called “long COVID” symptoms. The 13 symptoms include fatigue, muscle pain and inattention, as well as loss of taste and smell.
Women are more likely to report this long-term symptom (14.7%) than men (12.7%).
People aged 35-49 are most likely to develop symptoms within five weeks (25.6%).
The study of British patients was based on a random sample of 21,622 participants who had a positive swab test and were asked about their symptoms monthly.
A control group that is unlikely to be infected was also established. It is found that they are eight times less likely to have this symptom.
ONS said that during the four weeks ending March 6, 2021, 1.1 million people were self-reported on a larger scale.
Ben Humberstone, head of ONS health analysis and life events, said that this is its first analysis of new data, and “over time, our understanding of new data and its quality will improve.”
He added that the long COVID “is an emerging phenomenon that is not yet fully understood.”
The United Kingdom is one of the countries most severely affected by the pandemic, with nearly 127,000 deaths from COVID and 4,350,266 cases recorded.
However, in the vigorous vaccination campaign, the number of daily deaths and the number of positive tests has steadily declined.
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