Responding to Office for National Statistics data on the prevalence of ongoing symptoms following coronavirus in the UK, Director of Health Jo Bibby said:
'The latest ONS data indicates that long COVID continues to cause both physical and mental distress to 1 million people across the UK, with women and those from deprived areas worse affected.
'While research into this issue is ongoing, our COVID-19 impact inquiry has found that long COVID can limit many aspects of day-to-day life, such as the ability to work or undertake caring responsibilities, which contributes to heavy feelings of loss, guilt and stigma among those affected. Disruption to employment and education may also lead to widening health inequalities.
'It is crucial that that we continue to deepen our understanding of long COVID and its unequal impact on individuals and society, to ensure that the government implements policies that protect the nation’s health.'