Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen has launched a study into the long-term effects of Covid

If you have had prolonged symptoms following a viral infection over the past year – and these symptoms have lasted more than 12 weeks – then Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen would like to hear from you.

Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen is the independent health and social care champion for people in Blackburn with Darwen. We want to speak to people who are suffering from thelong-term effect of viral infections, like Covid, so we can use your experiences tohelp us improve health services in the borough.

Covid is raising new questions about how people can be supported and posing new challenges for services.there is much more to learn about how people are affected long-term after having a virus and how they are supported by health services.  According to the Office of National Statistics more than one in every 100 people in the UK report experiencing long term symptoms after having had Covid with symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue, headaches, tiredness, inability to concentrate, shortness of breath and aching muscles.

New research shows there could be around 2 million people with Long-Covid with findings from the REACT-2 studies showing over a third of people who had coronavirus (COVID-19) reported symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks, for some

To help health service providers support you better, those who have been affected by Long Covid are being encouraged to take part in a study.  A link to a survey can be found here

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Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen is the borough’s independent health and social care champion. For more information about what it does and how works to improve health outcomes for local people visit www.healthwatchBlackburn with

For further information
Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen, Unit 19, Eanam Wharf, Blackburn BB1 5BL.
Telephone 01254 480002

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