Research study examining ‘long COVID’ launched in the UK

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has announced the launch of a new study into the long-term effects of COVID-19. The study will be supported by £8.4 million of Government funding, and it is hoped that its results will aid the development of new measures to treat patients with COVID-19.

Around 10,000 patients are expected to take part in the study, which will be led by the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre—a partnership between the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The study participants will be assessed using techniques such as advanced imaging, data collection, and analysis of blood and lung samples to determine the long-term physical and mental health implications of COVID-19.

About the study, Mr Hancock said: ‘As we continue our fight against this global pandemic, we are learning more and more about the impact the disease can have not only on immediate health, but longer-term physical and mental health too… This world-leading study is another fantastic contribution from the UK’s world-leading life sciences and research sector. It will also help to ensure future treatment can be tailored as much as possible to the person.’