Doctor Fivelman added: “Long Covid continued to ruin lives. 1.6 million people in the UK say it adversely impacts on their day-to-day activities.

“Fatigue continues to be the most common self-reported symptom of long Covid (71 percent), followed by difficulty concentrating (49 percent), shortness of breath (47 percent) and muscle ache (46 percent).”

He continued: “The growing number of people suffering from ‘Longer Covid’ shouldn’t mask the fact that many brand-new cases of long Covid are still being reported.

“It’s quite wrong to believe long Covid was mainly caused by earlier variants of the virus and that new cases of the supposedly ‘milder’ Omicron variants don’t trigger long Covid symptoms.”

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