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MPs call for long Covid to be recognised as occupational disease

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The Government has been called on to launch a compensation scheme for frontline workers who are suffering from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as ‘long Covid’.


The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus said Prime Minister Boris Johnson should recognise long Covid as an occupational disease, saying some sufferers have found it hard to return to work.

Symptoms of long Covid include ongoing fatigue, loss of taste or smell, and respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

One in ten people have symptoms beyond 12 weeks. Self portrait by @mm_plumm

APPG chairwoman Layla Moran said: “Long Covid is the hidden health crisis of the pandemic, and it is likely to have an enormous impact on society for many years to come.

“When it comes to frontline NHS, care and key workers, they were specifically asked to go to work and save lives while everyone else was asked to stay at home.

“They were exposed to an increased level of risk of catching the virus, often without adequate levels of PPE.”

The group says the UK must follow Germany, France Belgium and Denmark, which have formally recognised Covid as an “occupational disease”.

A letter, signed by more than 60 MPs and peers, has been sent to Mr Johnson.

Approximately One in 10 people with Covid-19 continue to experience symptoms and impaired quality of life beyond 12 weeks, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Damage to the heart found in more than half of patients discharged from hospital, says a new study of 148 patients from six London hospitals published today in the European Heart Journal.

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