Long Covid may develop more in unemployed, research shows

Weeks after infection with the coronavirus, about half of patients who had Covid-19 continue to experience some of the symptoms of the disease, in a condition that was identified as Covid-19. Some risk factors may explain why the condition only affects some people. In addition to type 2 diabetics, immunosuppressed and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) carriers, the unemployed may also be on the list of individuals predisposed to having the problem.

According to the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), in the country, long-term Covid is more common among those who are not employed. Data shows that one in 20 unemployed people developed Covid-19. The survey did not include retirees and students. Among people who have an occupation, however, the ratio is one in 30.

The rates that indicate this situation double in the cut made with inactive and retired people in 2021. From June to July, the rates among unemployed jumped from 1.9% to 5%. In the group of retirees, the increase was from 1.3% to 2.9%. Among people who are working, it grew from 2% to 3.3%.

It is estimated that 1.8 million people are facing the long-term Covid in the UK. The ONS collected data during the four weeks of June and took into account the responses of 220,000 people.

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controversial numbers

The numbers are disputed by other experts. The main argument is that symptoms such as headaches and fatigue may be linked to situations other than Covid-19. Another possible explanation is that more people became unemployed in the period, increasing the percentage in one group and decreasing in the other.

Among surveyed individuals dealing with long-term Covid, 70% said their ability to perform daily activities was compromised. Fatigue is the most common manifestation of the condition, followed by shortness of breath, loss of smell, and body aches.

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