Hancock said “significant minority” of people suffered from “fairly debilitating” conditions after contracting COVID-19[feminine[feminine.
It comes after Sky News reported how psychosis, insomnia, kidney disease, spine infections, stroke, chronic fatigue and mobility issues are identified in former coronavirus patients in northern Italy.
Asked about the long-term impact of the disease on patients, the health secretary – who contracted COVID-19 in March himself – told Sky News’s Kay Burley @ Breakfast: “I am worried. Fortunately not for me, I’m fine.
“I fear that there is growing evidence that a minority of people – but a significant minority – have long-term impacts and this can be very debilitating.
“We have therefore set up an NHS service to support those who have long-term impacts of COVID-19 and, also, we have invested nearly £ 10 million in research on these long-term effects.”
“This is something that worries me, we have taken action – both through the NHS and through research activities.
“This is one of the consequences of this new virus.
“We are constantly learning about the impact and it seems that for some people there is a fairly debilitating long term impact, quite similar to post viral fatigue syndrome that you get with many viruses.
“It is really important that we support people in this situation and that we also do research to find out what we can do about it.”