Workers' Experiences of Long Covid: A TUC Report   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Summary: "In every sphere of life across the UK for over a year the impacts of Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] have been massive. However, as we edge nearer the date where the final level of government restrictions will be lifted there are indications that Covid-19 could have a far longer effect. As well as the economic impact of the pandemic which will be felt for years to come, evidence is showing that long Covid is affecting increasing numbers of people. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that in May 2021 around one million people in the UK were affected by Covid-19 symptoms that lasted longer than four weeks. Nearly two-thirds [hyperlink] of these people reported experiencing a negative impact on their day-to-day activities. People of working age are among the groups most likely to be affected. There has rightfully been increasing attention on long Covid and the impact that it is having on people's lives but very little of this discussion to date has focused on the workplace. We, therefore, conducted an online survey to better understand workers' experiences and make evidence-based recommendations. Over 3,500 people who had had Covid-19 responded: around 3,300 of whom self-reported having long Covid. The majority of these were key workers (79 per cent); people who faced higher levels of exposure to Covid-19 while keeping the country running during the pandemic."

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