To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people experiencing long covid symptoms in (a) Coventry North East constituency and (b) Coventry; and what steps his Department is taking to support those people experiencing long covid.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
23 March 2021
The data requested is not centrally collected at a constituency level. This information is not currently available for Coventry. The Office for National Statistics has made estimates of the prevalence of ‘long’ COVID-19 symptoms in England. The latest data for week commencing 27 December 2020 indicated that 301,000 people in private households in England were living with COVID-19 symptoms that had persisted for between five and 12 weeks.
On 7 October 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement announced the establishment of 69 post COVID-19 assessment services across England. More of these services are due to open in England later in 2021. These services help medical experts assess, diagnose and treat people suffering with the long term effects of this virus. The National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation have invested £8.4 million in the Post-HOSPitalisation COVID-19 study and awarded an additional £18.5 million funding across four new research studies to help better understand the causes, symptoms and treatment options for long COVID-19 in non-hospitalised patients.