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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-28900
Asked by: Anas Sarwar, Glasgow, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 6 May 2020

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving to possible increases in post-viral fatigue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Current status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 15 May 2020


Answer

Some degree of post-viral fatigue is fairly common after a viral infection. We need to understand more about COVID-19 in particular to better know how to prevent infection, how to treat people that contract it and how to support people afterwards during rehabilitation and the longer term affects. Working with partners across the UK, Scotland is leading, enabling and delivering world-class COVID-19 research, a key element of the Government's overall response to the pandemic. Scotland forms part of a single national UK process led by the National Institute for Health Research and draws on expert advice to prioritise time critical COVID-19 studies, which hold the most potential for tackling the challenges faced ( https://www.nihr.ac.uk/covid-studies/ ). In addition, the Chief Scientist Office is funding 55 rapid research projects to better understand the effects of infection in order to inform and improve treatment and consequences of the virus. Further information is available at https://www.cso.scot.nhs.uk/rarc19projects/ .