expert reaction to new ONS data on prevalence of ongoing symptoms following COVID-19 infection in the UK: 4 June 2021


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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released estimates of the prevalence and characteristics of people with self-reported “long COVID” using data from the UK COVID-19 Infection Survey.

Prof Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, The Open University, said:

“Like the previous ONS release on long Covid* from the beginning of April this year, this new bulletin and data release is an important contribution to our understanding of what’s going on. One reason that it’s important is because the data come from a survey of a representative sample of people across the UK community population, so the results should represent what’s actually going on across that population. Because the condition is a new one and because treatments and medical interventions for it aren’t universally available or agreed, data based on health service sources are likely to be very incomplete, and using a survey that represents the whole population can get round that limitation.



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