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£8.4m study to examine long-term health impacts of Covid-19

Some 10,000 patients expected to take part in the study, led by UKRI and NIHR

The National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation have announced £8.4 million in funding for a study into the long-term health impacts of Covid-19.

Around 10,000 patients are expected to take part in the study, which will be led by NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, a partnership between the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The funders hope that the results will inform the development of measures to treat and rehabilitate Covid-19 patients.

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock described the study as “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,” he said.

UKRI chief executive Ottoline Leyser, added: “We have much to learn about the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 and its management in hospital, including the effects of debilitating lung and heart conditions, fatigue, trauma and the mental health and wellbeing of patients.

“This study will support the development of better care and rehabilitation and, we hope, improve the lives of survivors.”