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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 82212, tabled on 28 August 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Covid-19 Symptom Study data that one in 10 people experience covid-19 symptoms for longer than three weeks.

Answered on

15 September 2020

The stay at home guidance sets out that if someone who has been isolating for 10 days still has a temperature, they should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. People do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if they only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The National Health Service and the wider scientific community are currently working to better understand the disease course of COVID-19 infection, including the prevalence, severity and duration of symptoms, and how best to support recovery. The National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation have invested £8.4 million in the Post-HOSPitalisation COVID-19 study (PHOSP-COVID), led by Christopher Brightling at the University of Leicester. This study is one of the world’s largest comprehensive research studies into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 on hospitalised patients and will inform future service design and provision.

The new ‘Your COVID Recovery’ service, announced on 5 July, forms part of NHS plans to expand access to COVID-19 rehabilitation treatments for those who have survived the virus but still have problems with breathing, mental health problems or other complications.