A recent survey conducted by Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that there were almost 2 million people with long COVID symptoms (defined as reporting symptoms more than four weeks after the infection).
IFS research revealed that 1 in 10 sufferers who were in employment had to stop work owing to the condition. It is estimated that around 110,000 workers are missing from work at any one time as a result of long COVID, working zero hours at all and on sick leave.
The cost is an eye watering £1.5 billion in lost earnings per year!
On average, those who stop work as a result of long COVID, are losing £1100 per month, with some workers still unable to work 3 months after the infection. In the vast majority of cases, the effects have reduced enough for them to return to work after 6 months.
• Extreme tiredness (fatigue)
• Shortness of breath
• Loss of smell
• Muscle aches
Other symptoms associated with long covid
• Brain fog
• Chest pain or tightness
• Difficulty sleeping
• Heart palpitations
• Pins and needles
• Joint pain
• Depression and anxiety
• Tinnitus, earaches
• Feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
• High temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
Treatment and Support
GP’s will run a few tests to confirm long COVID, which might include:
• Blood tests
• Checking Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
• Chest x-ray
• Measuring oxygen levels
The NHS run an online programme to support you in recovering from COVID, which your GP can refer you to. Healthcare Professionals provide advice and will help to set up you specific Recovery Programme.
Oxygen Wellbeing Long Covid Recovery Programme
Based on recent research and evidence, following one of our bespoke Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Protocols, it has been shown help reduce recovery time.
Whilst HBOT is not a cure for COVID, it will help to reduce the long term symptoms of Long Covid.
Recent research around COVID-19
One Long Covid sufferer who completed a HBOT Recovery Programme, was so impressed with the results, he now runs his own HBOT Business in Northern Ireland.
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So if you are struggling with the impact of Long Covid, contact Oxygen Wellbeing to arrange a free consultation.