Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th September 2020.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral contribution of 14 July 2020, Official Report, col 1409, when he plans to discuss the long-term effect of covid-19 on people who have contracted the virus with the hon. Member for Sefton Central.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The time to recovery depends on the severity of illness and varies from relatively quickly through to extremely prolonged. Typically, time to recovery is within 10-14 days for mild and moderate cases. If a person feels unwell for longer than this, they should contact their general practitioner.

It is clear that for some of those who have survived, the virus and the treatment they have received to combat it will have a lasting impact on their health.

Research into the long-term health symptoms and impacts of COVID-19 is ongoing. On 4 July the Government announced a research study into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19, which is being led by UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research.

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