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Long Covid sufferers say they are not being ‘recognised’ by GPs and employers

Long Covid sufferers have pleaded for greater recognition from GPs, employers and the general public of the condition as they described agonising symptoms to MPs.

It comes after an analysis by the Office for National Statistics estimated that one in 10 people infected with coronavirus experience symptoms that last for three months or longer.

Appearing at the APPG on coronavirus, Dr Nathalie MacDermot, a clinical doctor sub-specialising in paediatric infectious diseases, said that while awareness had improved over the past few months it was “still not great” among the general public.

The 38-year-old told MPs that she displayed symptoms of the virus in May before developing nerve pain and a “slight weakness” in her legs.

In the summer months she experienced a “significant deterioration” and can now only walk 200 metres without some form of assistance, adding the condition had affected her bladder and bowel while also experiencing pain in her arms and has a weakness in her grip.

“I think we need to have much more awareness in primary care for people to be recognised when they first present to their GPs,” Ms MacDermott said.

She added: “We need better recognition by employers. I think there are a lot of people who have struggled with employment issues and support from their employers and recognising that this is a genuine condition.

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