A HELPLINE has been launched for people suffering the effects of long Covid after a charity warned they could be suffering in silence.

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland's advice line can now offer support to those living with the long-term effects of coronavirus.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that 81,000 people are living with long Covid in Scotland.

People who first suffered from the virus are still dealing with the effects up to a year later. They may experience symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle ache and difficulty concentrating. Some even find they now struggle to walk to the end of the street or are almost bed bound.

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Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive of Chest Heart & Scotland, said: “We are worried that so many people living with Long Covid are still suffering in silence and feel like they have nowhere to turn.

“Our Advice Line is up and running to help people with Long Covid get support living day to day with this debilitating condition. You can get help for things like managing fatigue, breathlessness and support with your wellbeing. Please don’t suffer in silence.”

To access the advice line, you can call Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland on 0808 801 0899 or access online support here.