Covid: Tokyo Olympics must take place “at all costs”

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Image caption: Elly MacDonald cycled at least six days a week

The Royal College of GPs is calling for the creation of a national network of ‘post-Covid’ clinics to help people with chronic illnesses showing symptoms of Covid-19.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and head of the Covid Symptom Study app, said around 300,000 people in the UK have reported symptoms that lasted more than a month – which we call the “long Covid”.

However, many of these people may not have been tested for Covid.

People like Elly MacDonald, 37, of Surbiton, who was training for the London Marathon when she developed what she believed to be symptoms of Covid on March 21.

More than five months later, she still suffers from shortness of breath and extreme fatigue, but has not received a positive test result – because community testing was reintroduced too late to detect her illness.

Currently, less than 12% of the 86 NHS care commissioning groups surveyed by the BBC said they run rehabilitation services.

NHS England said it was “rapidly developing new and strengthened rehabilitation centers”.

Read more about this story here.

The file on 4’s Covid-19: The Long Road to Recovery is on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. and available thereafter on BBC Sounds.

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