21 Nov 2022

Long Covid: Urgent research needed into effects of illness on children

Health and Social Care Editor

There is still too little known about long Covid and particularly how it affects children.

But this programme can reveal that half the patients at a new clinic for those with the severest form of the illness had already been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, a surprise finding that has led to calls for more – and urgent research.

And even for those not on the spectrum, help is often hard to find – we spoke to one young patient whose recovery has taken more than 10 months.