Following yesterdays APPG evidence on Long Covid, @CarolineLucas calls for the PM to recognise Long Covid as an occupational disease and to launch a compensation scheme for frontline workers who are now unable to work from the debilitating illness.
Our last #APPGCoronavirus took evidence on the impacts of #LongCovid.
Here, Long Covid sufferer @RaviHVJ speaking about how his life has changed from the normal life of any young person in their 20's to being bed bound for 16 hours a day.
Lives & careers have been ruined by #LongCovid - many of them frontline NHS workers
They don't want the PM's *concern*. They want to know that Long Covid will be recognised as an occupational disease & they'll get compensation rather than be left to live on miserly sick pay
Thank you to the courageous Ravi Veriah Jacques, Colin & Rosie Pidgeon, Rebecca Logan for sharing their experiences. And thank you to Prof. Danny Altmann, Prof. Brendan Delaney and Dr. Claire Steves for sharing their expertise. 2/
“And that’s not taken into account in this graph, even if Omicron was half as likely to lead to Long Covid as Delta, even if the booster vaccination has some effect. We’re still going to see really substantial numbers of people with Long Covid going forward.” 34/
“The story is certainly not over. Putting these together I think it likely that the 1.3 million estimate may have been a slight overestimate in December, but right now it’s probably going to be an underestimate. The numbers are still going to be very large.. 35/
“..and will almost certainly have increased with Omicron. Do we know if vaccines reduce the risk of Long Covid? We published a paper last October looking at the first couple of months after the second vaccination and comparing to people who are unvaccinated.” 36/
“So we took a case control analysis and saw a reduced odds ratio approximately halving risk in people who were double vaccinated, compared to matched unvaccinated controls. That’s taking account of quite a number of other factors that we think affect Covid risk like age etc” 37/
“Since then we’ve published that paper, we’ve been looking quite carefully at what happens over time with the second vaccine and we have seen some instances which we haven’t published yet, of a slight waning of that protectiveness of the second vaccine, over time.” 38/
“Not diminishing back to baseline. Then we’ve looked at boosters and we haven’t published this yet but we see that the booster vaccination appears to be reducing the risk again, at least with Delta but we can’t say yet with Omicron.” 39/
“I think that it’s really good we’ve had a vaccine rollout in terms of prevention on Long Covid is going to be really super important and we encourage everyone to come forward for their booster vaccination for this purpose.” 40/
“The last question that you’ve asked is - is there a difference in recovery between those who were hospitalised and those who were not? That’s something which is clearly evident from the papers you can see that are reviewing the literature that there’s a significant risk.. 41/
“I just thought I’d show you this study from one of the national core studies which is cohorts with TwinsUK. Within our cohort we’ve got 1627 people with Covid across the pandemic so far. As Danny’s pointed out there are different waves, different strains, things like that.” 42/
“But we can divide them off. Roughly we can’t see major differences here in that. About 30 of them were hospitalised (2%) that’s about the right rate. And you can see it’s much greater risk of having symptoms for more than 12 weeks in hospitalised groups than in.. 43/
“..non-hospitalised groups. In fact, much greater risk than in having more than 12 months of symptoms for people who were hospitalised. I think it’s undoubted that that’s a key factor, as I said at the beginning. 44/