A recent NICE guideline defined long Covid as an infection that creates long-term effects. For example, a patient previously diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, might experience symptoms for more than 12 weeks after a positive test. The symptoms can range from chest pain, shortness of breath to lack of energy and joint pain. Some symptoms can be extreme such as insomnia, hallucination and memory loss, connected to dementia.
More than 34,000 children in the U.K suffer from long Covid
The Office for National Statistics in the U.K estimated that more than 34,000 children in the U.K suffer from long term Covid and experience fatigue, headaches and others. The news has made many criticize the Government. Parents are worried that the new school year starting in September might cause new outbreaks. The Covid-19 vaccine for the 16 and 17 year olds has been approved on Wednesday in the U.K and experts believe it is not enough. In order to reach her immunity, children 12 and above should get the jab so that they can return safely to schools.
Covid-19 statistics in the U.K
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been over 5.98 million cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection detected in the U.K and more than 130,000 people lost their lives. More than 38.7 million people have been fully inoculated in the U.K and 85.7 million doses have been administered, according to recent statistics. To reach herd immunity it would be necessary for at least 70% of a country’s population to receive the vaccine. Recently scientists were mentioning that since the Delta variant is so contagious, it might be necessary for 80% of a country’s population to be fully vaccinated to reach mass immunity. So far, only 58.1 % of U.K’s population has been fully vaccinated and hopes are that many more will get the jab.