LGA responds to latest estimated Long Covid prevalence data

“All of us involved in the pandemic response need to have an honest debate about the potential implications of Long Covid on resources and capacity, not just in terms of pressures on the NHS, but also on our overstretched and under-pressure social care system and other vital council services."


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Responding to the latest ONS data on the prevalence of ongoing symptoms following COVID-19 infection in the UK, which shows that an estimated 945,000 people were experiencing self-reported Long Covid, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Councils with their public health and social care responsibilities want to play their full part in keeping our communities safe, healthy and protected.

“Long Covid is an emerging phenomenon and we are only beginning to learn more about its effects and implications for our public services and impact on health inequalities.

“With nearly a million people self-reporting symptoms and evidence that Long Covid disproportionately affects those living in the most deprived areas, those with an existing health condition or disability and people working in health and social care, we need to start planning now for what could be a potential increase in requests for council help and support.

“All of us involved in the pandemic response, including central and local government, need to have an honest debate about the potential implications of Long Covid on resources and capacity, not just in terms of pressures on the NHS, but also on our overstretched and under-pressure social care system and other vital council services.

“This must be reflected in the Government’s upcoming Spending Review, as part of our overall recovery efforts.”

Notes to Editors

ONS: Prevalence of ongoing symptoms following coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the UK: 5 August 2021