An estimated 2.3 million people in private households in the UK (3.5% of the population) were experiencing self-reported long COVID as of 3 September 2022. Of those, almost half (46%) reported experiencing long COVID symptoms at least one year after first having (suspected) COVID-19.
Self-reported long COVID was more common in:
those aged 35 to 69 years
people living in more deprived areas
those working in social care
those aged 16 years and over who were not working and not looking for work
those with another activity-limiting health condition or disability
The most common long COVID symptoms continued to be fatigue (69% of those with self-reported long COVID), followed by difficulty concentrating (45%), shortness of breath (42%) and muscle ache (40%). Symptoms adversely affected the day-to-day activities of 1.6 million people, or 72% of those with self-reported long COVID.