NHS needs urgent investment to cope with the looming long Covid tsunami



t is almost a year since Britain entered lockdown and for the last 12 months the focus has been on saving lives, protecting hospitals from being overrun and keeping the vulnerable safe. But as we emerge blinking into the sun from the darkness of the last year, there is another pressing challenge now coming into sharp focus.

Today’s report by the National Institute for Health Research on the latest evidence for long Covid paints a worrying picture of a debilitating suite of conditions that have a severe impact on sufferers.

Estimates still remain unclear on just how prevalent the problem is but they range from 300,000 reported by the Office for National Statistics to up to more than one million sufferers in the wake of January’s surge in cases.


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