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Navigating the social identity of long covid

Van de Vyver, Julie; Leite, Ana C.; Alwan, Nisreen A.

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Nisreen A. Alwan


Long covid is an urgent global public health problem. In the UK alone, experiencing it for a year or more is estimated to affect 405 000 people, with higher prevalence in deprived groups.1 Medical research into the pathophysiology of long covid, and how it can be treated is urgently needed, but it is also essential to consider social factors that may be implicated in the recovery of the millions of people with long covid across the world. It is not possible to holistically understand any individual’s experiences, without understanding their connection and place within the broader community around them. Research shows that social connections and belonging are essential determinants of health and wellbeing


Van de Vyver, J., Leite, A. C., & Alwan, N. A. (2021). Navigating the social identity of long covid. BMJ, 375, Article n2933.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 22, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 26, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Dec 9, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 20, 2021
Journal British Medical Journal
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 375
Article Number n2933


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Copyright Statement
This article has been accepted for publication in the British Medical Journal, 2021 following peer review, and the Version of Record can be accessed online at © Van de Vyver, Julie, Leite, Ana C. & Alwan, Nisreen A.

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