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About 1.3 million people in the UK have “long Covid”, symptoms lasting more than four weeks after an initial infection, an Office for National Statistics survey suggests.

Of those, 892,000 (70%) first caught the virus at least 12 weeks ago and 506,000 (40%) at least a year ago.

The survey asked nearly 352,000 people to record their own symptoms.

There is no universally agreed definition of long Covid and different studies use varying definitions.

Guidance for health workers in England describes it as symptoms that continue for more than 12 weeks after an infection and cannot be explained by another cause.

These include extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and “brain fog”, according to the

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