ONE in ten Brits under 50 may get long Covid if they contract the virus Matt Hancock revealed today.
The Health Sec revealed the alarming news in the House of Commons to MPs this afternoon in a coronavirus statement.
t's thought that hundreds of thousands of people who have contracted the virus are still suffering with symptoms including shortness of breath, fatigue in the weeks and months after they catch the bug.
Around one in 50 patients suffer for three months and researchers from King’s College London said there are five factors that put you at risk of ongoing suffering.
The umbrella term covers those who have recovered from the bug - but have since been left with issues such as fatigue, respiratory problems and mental health issues.
On long Covid, Mr Hancock said: "The virus can affect anyone, or any age and any background.
"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."
But he added: "in the under 50 year old adults its more like one in ten."
“There does seem to be some correlation that implies that it is more of a problem amongst younger people.
“Understanding this long Covid is still in its early stages and an awful lot more research is needed.”
One in ten Brits under 50 may get long Covid, Matt Hancock reveals
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