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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights 2 December 2021

  • COVID-19 was the second highest leading cause of death in both male and female care home residents in England and Wales in 2020, behind dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    • In England, 17.8% of male deaths in care homes and 14.2% of female deaths were caused by COVID-19. In Wales ,19.1% of male deaths and 14.0% of female deaths were caused by COVID-19.

  • As of 31 October 2021, around 1.2 million people living in private households in the UK were experiencing self-reported long COVID.

    • This is around 1.9% of the population and almost 1 in 50 people.

    • Self-reported long COVID occurs when symptoms that are not explained by another health condition continue for more than four weeks after a person’s initial infection.

    • Of those with self-reported long COVID, more than a third (36%) had (or believed they had) been initially infected with coronavirus at least one year earlier.

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