People who may have had long Covid more likely to be depressed and anxious – ONS


eople who have had or suspect they may have had long Covid are almost twice as likely to have experienced depression as those who do not think they have ever contracted coronavirus, research suggests.

Some 6.2% of adults said they may have experienced long Covid when polled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) between April 7 and June 13.

Of these, 30% reported experiencing moderate to severe depressive symptoms in the last two weeks.

This compares to 16% of respondents who did not think they had contracted coronavirus.

A quarter (25%) were likely to have some form of anxiety, compared with 15% of people not believed to have been hit by Covid.

The ONS said it is not possible to infer cause-and-effect relationships from the results, warning that associations could be the result of other factors such as age, sex, disability status or deprivation level.

People who may have had long Covid were also more likely to say their wellbeing, work and household finances had been affected.

The ONS pooled 10 waves of data on 39,268 respondents aged 16 years and over in Great Britain.

The total proportion of those who may have had long Covid was split into 3.6% who said they had experienced long Covid, and 2.6% who said they were unsure.

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Women disabled adults, those aged between 30 and 49 and those living in the most deprived parts of England were more likely to say they may have had long Covid.

Some 57% of adults who may have had long Covid said this had negatively affected their wellbeing, while 39% said their ability to exercise had been affected.

Considering only those who were sure they had experienced long Covid, 72% said their wellbeing had been negatively affected and 48% said the same about their ability to exercise.

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