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Help patients with long-term symptoms, Government urged

Up to half a million Britons are suffering the effects of “long Covid”, MPs have been told, with some doctors dismissing many of the long-term symptoms suffered in the wake of coronavirus as ME.

Psychosis, fatigue, loss of eyesight and mobility issues are among the wide-ranging conditions that have been identified in those who have previously had the virus.

Claire Hastie, the founder of the Long Covid Support Group, warned that GPs were regularly misdiagnosing ongoing problems as anxiety or ME, saying: “Many people in our group to this day are being told by their GPs that it’s caused by anxiety and it’s all in their heads.

“It can cause anxiety, but it is not caused by anxiety. The science needs to catch up with us.”

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Fatigue and mobility issues are among the conditions identified in those who have had the virus