One in ten under 50s get Long Covid, says Matt Hancock

One in ten under 50s get Long Covid, says Matt Hancock

One in ten people under the age of 50 who contract the COVID-19 coronavirus will get Long Covid, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Parliament.

Mr Hancock told MPs it “would be catastrophic” to let Covid-19 “unleash its full force” – and that a new study showed that one in 20 people with coronavirus is likely to have symptoms for eight weeks or more.

However, Mr Hancock also said in under-50-adults it is more like one in ten, because Long Covid is more of a problem in younger people.

During a Commons debate on COVID-19, he said: “I reject the false choice that says we must pick a side and choose between a healthy economy and a healthy nation, because the two are intrinsically linked.

“If we were to, God forbid, let the virus unleash its full force, then the damage not just to the NHS – and hundreds of thousands of lives – but to our livelihoods too would be catastrophic.”

On long Covid, Mr Hancock said: “We have already seen worrying numbers of young, fit, healthy people suffering debilitating symptoms months after contracting Covid.

“Yesterday, a study by King’s College London showed that one in 20 people with coronavirus is likely to have virus symptoms like fatigue, breathlessness, muscle pain and neurological problems for eight weeks or more.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, opening a general debate on Covid-19, told the Commons: “The fight is not over and the virus continues to spread, and cases and hospitalisations and tragically deaths are all rising.

“Yesterday we learned Liverpool hospital trust is now treating more Covid patients than at the peak in April.

“And across the UK, the number of deaths has doubled in under the fortnight.

“And yet, just as the situation we face is grave, so too is hope of a solution growing.

“And with every day my confidence in the ingenuity of science to bring resolution grows, but until that moment we must have resolve.”

He also told MPs that the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Manchester is set to start taking patients.

In other announcements, Mt Hancock said that councils would be given new powers, Warrington may be moved into Tier 3 – and Slough, Stoke and Coventry would moving into Tier Two from 00.01 on Saturday morning.

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