Chance of Long Covid symptoms down 30% after two vaccine doses, study suggests
Debilitating Long Covid is thought to affect more than one million people in the UK, but a landmark new study shows double-vaccinating could dramatically reduce chances of suffering the condition
The new research says the latest data suggests people who still get the virus despite being full vaccinated appear far less likely to develop ongoing longterm health effects.Debilitating 'Long Covid' is thought to have affected more than one million people in the United Kingdom.
The landmark new study from scientists at King's College London, published in a paper by the Tony Blair Institute, found the vaccine rollout appears to be dramatically reducing the risks of developing Long Covid.The condition is not yet fully understood, but signs and symptoms can include ongoing shortness of breath, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, a racing heartbeat, mental health problems, and even longterm damage to organs including the kidney and heart.
The study's authors say their findings should be shared with vaccine-hesitant people, and youngsters at low risk of severe infection who don't think they need the jab.The figures come from King’s College's collaboration with the ZOE Covid app study, which has been tracking people's symptoms throughout the pandemic. headtopics.com
Professor Tim Spector, in a foreword to the study from King's College epidemiology, said: "This has clear implications for the global vaccination policy. The more people are vaccinated, the less chance there is of them getting infected, and when they do get infected, they are more likely to be completely asymptomatic and less likely to get Long Covid.
"Vaccinating the world in the coming year is a critical task, not just to avoid excess deaths but to avoid lasting health impacts on those who get the virus."The authors say while it is now widely known that doubl- vaccination reduces the chance of getting infected by around 85 per cent, their work indicates that two jabs reduce the chance of developing Long Covid by up to 30%.
In February, the Department of Health and Social Care announced an additional £18.5 million for research projects to better understand the causes, symptoms and treatment of Long Covid to help find therapies.The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) also plunged £20m into a research funding pool for proposals for studies into how to diagnose and treat the longterm health effects.
The study authors urged the government to back more research into Long Covid, as many people in the UK continue to suffer from poor health from contracting the virus before vaccinations begun.They argue the issue is not just affecting the longterm health and wellbeing of sufferers- but could impact the UK economy as people remain on sick leave or a reduced work schedule. headtopics.com
The NIHR found that 80% of people with Long Covid said they felt it had affected their ability to work.It comes as Boris Johnson vowed to meet ambition vaccine targets as he delayed so-called 'freedom day' by a month.Fears of the spread of new variants, driven by the Delta strain that first emerged in India, led the government to move the final phase in the roadmap out of lockdown from June 21 to July 19.
The Prime Minister told Britain restrictions would not be relaxed to allow more time for the adult population of an estimated 52m to be vaccinated.Mr Johnson set a fresh target of offering a first dose to all over-18s and second doses to two-thirds of all UK adults by July 19.Read more: Daily Mirror »
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