supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Long COVID: Major study into the long term impact launched in Scotland
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.