THE number of people living with long Covid in Scotland has risen by 25% in the last month.

According to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, around 50,000 people across the country have now been living with the condition for more than 12 month which is an increase of around 10,000.

The charity is calling for urgent action to ensure people get the help that they need. A support service was set up last year and are campaigning to ensure people do not fall through the cracks.

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Lawrence Cowan, Campaigns Director at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland said: “Month after month, more people in Scotland are estimated to be living with the debilitating effects of Long Covid for more than a year and they desperately need support.

“Listening to people living with the condition, we know how hard it can be to live with Long Covid. People are not only facing life-changing symptoms, but they are also struggling to be heard and understood. They are exhausted and at their wits end.

“We need a proper wraparound service for Long Covid between charities like ours and the NHS. It’s not right that people living with Long Covid are still battling for the care they need. Progress on this is just far too slow and we urgently need the Scottish Government’s help to get action.

“In the meantime, we are urging people to contact our Long Covid Advice Line. We can help you manage symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue and help you pace yourself to aid your recovery. No one should have to go through this alone.”