Updated long-Covid guidance published

GUIDANCE for treating patients with long Covid has been updated jointly by NICE, SIGN and the Royal College of GPs.

It includes additions to the most commonly reported symptoms, as well as highlighting the impact the condition can have on a patient’s overall quality of life, such as increased absence from school or work and the risk of reduced performance.

Other new recommendations include encouraging patients to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to reduce the risk of catching the virus again.

RCGP lead for long Covid Dr Gail Allsopp said: “This updated guidance should further equip GPs and other clinicians with the latest knowledge and evidence, to help quickly identify patients suffering with long Covid, and ensure the most appropriate care and support is delivered.”

The College renewed its call for better access to diagnostic tools in the community to help GPs rule out other serious conditions and speed up long-Covid diagnosis.

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