Omicron 'less likely to cause long COVID' than Delta

Risk of lingering symptoms lower with Omicron but absolute numbers are higher: UK authors

The Omicron variant is less likely to cause long COVID than previous coronavirus variants, according to the first peer-reviewed study of its kind from the UK.

The odds of developing long COVID after infection were 20-50% lower in the UK during the Omicron wave compared with the earlier Delta wave, the study in The Lancet shows.

Researchers from King's College London used data from the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app and found the figure varied depending on the patient's age and the timing of their last