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  • Long COVID: Major study into the long term impact launched in Scotland

    Created: 12/05/2021

    Every adult who has tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland is to be invited to take part in a major new study into the effects of long Covid-19.

    Developed in association with Public Health Scotland, NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government, and the University of Glasgow, the Covid in Scotland Study aims to identify the effects of Covid-19 on the health of people in Scotland. It aims to find out how many people continue to be unwell after having Covid-19, what their symptoms are, and how it affects their lives.

    Why is the study being done?

    Most people with Covid-19 recover within three weeks. Some people don’t because they get ‘long Covid.’ Health professionals need to understand the long-term effects of Covid-19, the number of people who have long-term problems and the nature and impact of these.

    How you can take part

    SMS invitations will be sent to all adults in Scotland who’ve had a positive Covid-19 test. A sample group of people who tested negative will be sought and used as a comparison group in the study. Participants’ health will be assessed every 6 months for up to 2 years after their Covid test.

    Are people who have had Covid-19 involved in designing and running the study?

    Yes. People who have had Covid-19 symptoms are on the study steering group. They are providing advice throughout the study, helping to develop the information material and will help to share the findings.

    For more information, including FAQs, click here.




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