Just one in four patients hospitalised with Covid is fully recovered a year later, Lancet study suggests

Just one in four patients who was hospitalised with Covid is fully recovered a year later, a major study suggests. The research involving more than 2,000 patients in the UK shows that women, those who are obese and those who... Read more

When having a Covid test costs money, many won’t bother – and the rest of us will pay the price

I don’t want a return to lockdown, with kids trapped inside, but I cannot stomach this ‘I’m all right Jack’ attitude. Testing, like vaccination, is about collective responsibility, not just individual wellbeing.   The second booster – the fourth vaccination –... Read more

Spotting who really has long Covid can be a challenge

The Government has been much criticised on several counts for its handling of the pandemic. But perhaps unfairly so, for the most recent mortality figures reveal that Britain, compared with the 32 European countries, has not done too badly, coming... Read more

How to recover from long Covid symptoms

A Swedish study of more than 300 people confirms that anosmia is the most persistent problem that dogs people who have had even the mildest Covid symptoms. For a third of them, it can take at least six months for... Read more

David Hare: If Thatcher had been in charge during Covid, ‘I don’t think so many people would be dead’

Since his recovery he has “streamlined” his daily life to prioritise his writing – and discovered that “if you just write, you will write an awful lot.” Another new play, subject and title undisclosed, already sits waiting to be staged.... Read more

Covid may cause the brain to degenerate three times faster than normal

Dr Max Taquet, of the University of Oxford, said: “It is well-established that Covid-19 infection is associated with subsequent risks of neurological and psychiatric problems in some people, including brain fog, loss of taste and smell, depression and psychosis.  “But... Read more

Number with long Covid symptoms in Britain up by almost 200,000 in a month

Self-reported long Covid is defined as symptoms persisting for more than four weeks after a first suspected virus infection that could not be explained by something else. Although it is still not fully understood, many people continue to experience debilitating... Read more

How to exercise safely after you have had Covid

I spent the first two weeks of January 2022 in bed, self-isolating in my room because I had tested positive for Covid. On day 11, I pulled on my trainers and decided to celebrate my new-found freedom with a jog... Read more

How to exercise safely after you’ve had Covid

I spent the first two weeks of January in bed, self-isolating in my room because I had tested positive for Covid. On day 11, I pulled on my trainers and decided to celebrate my new-found freedom with a jog around... Read more

Nine things that could raise your risk of long Covid

If you have five or more symptoms in the first week of contracting Covid, you’re more likely to develop long Covid, according to Nature’s May 2021 study. It was the second-strongest predictor of long Covid (16.3 per cent). In the... Read more

The doctors treating long Covid with HRT

It was while working at home, that Dr Sarah Glynne and her husband, Paul, began to grow suspicious. Sarah, an NHS GP in Oxshott, Surrey, and menopause specialist at London’s Portland Hospital, was seeing increasing numbers of women who appeared... Read more

What Covid does to the brain – and what you can do to prevent it

When we breathe the Sars-CoV-2 virus into our lungs, our immune system swings into action. If you are healthy, Covid infection and the destruction of lung cells triggers a local immune response. White blood cells including macrophages and monocytes are... Read more

Why the jury is still out on ‘Long Covid’

This suggests that what we’re calling “long Covid” is probably not a single, isolated syndrome. Instead, it’s an umbrella term that we using to describe a mixture of post-viral manifestations united by a prior diagnosis of coronavirus infection. The reported... Read more

Potato milk and dream therapy – the health trends to watch in 2022

It’s not just potatoes – sunflower seeds are set for a revival next year. In the US, Ben & Jerry’s recently released sunflower seed ice cream, while Whole Foods has sunflower butter, and brands including Biona have leapt on the... Read more