2.8% of the population were experiencing self-reported long COVID (symptoms continuing for more than four weeks after the first suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) infection that were not explained by something else) as of 2 July 2022 “
“The rising rate of long COVID could therefore put additional strain on families during the cost of living crisis, especially as long COVID is more common among poorer families” Tom Wernham IFS
Orkney now has the highest rates of infection in Scotland.
The Scottish Government has committed an initial tranche of £3 million to improve the care and support available for people with long COVID.
“It is not just about what the shocks are; it is essentially about what effect they are going to have” Andrew Bailey, Governor Bank of England
One year after having COVID-19, only around one in four patients feel fully well again.
As case numbers of Covid rise alarmingly what are the long term effects of the virus on many people? And what help is there for long Covid ?
“Over the past few months, I have been contacted by a number of constituents suffering from Long Covid.” Liam McArthur MSP
On 21/07/2021, PHS (Public Health Scotland) noted that no data has been received from the NHS Orkney laboratory since 19/07/2021. PHS are working with NHS Orkney to resolve this issue.