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New long COVID research: National Institute for Health and Care Research

New research on diagnosing, managing and treating long-COVID

17 May 2022

In March 2022, the Office of National statistics found that 1.7 million people in the UK experienced self-reported long COVID. To address the high prevalence of the condition, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has launched new content to outline the range of research studies on understanding, diagnosing and treating long COVID. This research examines the causes of long COVID, investigating symptoms such as ‘brain fog’ and breathlessness, and finding the most effective ways to treat and manage the condition. You can read more information on what the new research areas will cover the NIHR researching long COVID web page.

The findings hope to shed light on the most effective ways to help individuals better cope with everyday activities, which are often difficult for sufferers. A negative impact on both physical and mental health is evident and can affect the ability to effectively carry out workplace tasks. Employers should consider putting in place additional support for staff with long COVID-19 symptoms through revising policies, procedures, and protocols in line with findings to ensure staff health and wellbeing.

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