COVID source shout-out: U.K. Long COVID estimates

About 1.7 million people in the U.K. were experiencing self-reported Long COVID as of early March, according to the U.K. Office of National Statistics.

I spent a lot of time this weekend talking about the U.S.’s lack of Long COVID data, particularly our inability to answer such questions as, “How many Americans have Long COVID?” and, “What is the condition’s demographic breakdown?”

In comparison, I pointed other journalists to reports from the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics. This office regularly surveys Brits on their Long COVID experiences, asking a representative sample of the population whether they are experiencing any long-term COVID-19 symptoms.

The most recent report, published in early April, found that about 1.7 million people—or 2.7% of the U.K.—was “experiencing self-reported long COVID” (defined as symptoms persisting for four weeks or more after an initial infection). Imagine what the scale of Long COVID might be in the U.S.

A new report is coming this week, on May 6.

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