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Britain puts $10 million into study on long term effects of COVID-19

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    Reuters

London   /   Sun, July 5, 2020   /   04:39 pm
Britain puts $10 million into study on long term effects of COVID-19 Staff nurse Elia Sarno (L), wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask and a plastic apron as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, takes the temperature of patient Chay Godfrey in a bay on the A&E Emergency Department at Wexham Park Hospital, part of the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, near Slough, west of London on May 22, 2020. (AFP/Steve Parsons)

Britain is putting 8.4 million pounds ($10.49 million) into a new study to examine the long-term effects of COVID-19 on patients, the health ministry said on Sunday.

The novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has been observed to cause many health impacts for some patients beyond immediate respiratory issues, but with other infected people asymptomatic, the workings of the virus are not fully understood.

"As we continue our fight against this global pandemic, we are learning more and more about the impact the disease can have, not only on immediate health, but longer-term physical and mental health too," health minister Matt Hancock said.

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The Department of Health said 10,000 people would take part in the study, which is being led by the University of Leicester and hospitals in the city.

Lung and blood samples of the patients will be taken and they will also be assessed by advanced imaging, and the findings will be used to develop new forms of personalized treatment.