Omicron variant appears substantially less likely to cause long COVID than previous variants, but still one in 23 people who catch COVID-19 go on to have symptoms for more than four weeks," said lead author of the study, Dr Claire Steves from King’s College London.
Long COVID is defined as having new or ongoing COVID symptoms four weeks or more after the start of the disease. “Given the numbers of people affected it’s important that we continue to support them at work, at home and within the NHS [National Health Service]," she said.
The research is based on the first peer-reviewed study to report on long COVID risk and the Omicron variant. What is long COVID?