Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th December 2020.

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Last week, I was contacted by a 27-year-old constituent who says that he has now experienced symptoms of Covid for more than 40 days since his diagnosis. Although he says that his initial symptoms were mild, he tells me that he is now constantly fatigued, his smell and taste have left him and he is experiencing brain fog. As he was previously very active, that is having a major impact on his life. I have also spoken to a nurse from my constituency who was on the front line in the Covid wards in the earlier part of the pandemic and who is still suffering from long Covid after many long months.

Both of my constituents want to highlight the fact that the virus can affect younger people, but what they have asked me to raise today is the issue of support for those who are suffering. Is there any update on research and treatment guidelines to support people who are struggling with what has become known as long Covid?