Fifteen new taxpayer-funded studies will examine treating and diagnosing a deadly disease disorder.
The United Kingdom has approved nearly £20 million ($27.5 million) in public spending to research the “long” Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
Researchers will spend several months, or even years, investigating hundreds of symptoms that can last for more than 12 weeks after initial infection.
BBC reported the disorder causes mild or severe symptoms that cannot be explained by another cause, according to health worker guidance. The National Health Service lists possible reactions as joint pain, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, unusual taste and smell, chest pain or tightness, and difficulty remembering and concentrating.
Early surveys have identified hundreds, if not thousands, of relevant complaints. University College London (UCL) detected 200 symptoms, affecting 10 organ systems in patients with the long CCP Virus. Levels were higher in patients than those who fully recovered.
Hallucinations, insomnia, hearing and visual difficulties, and speech and language problems are just a few of them. Others have complained about stomach and bladder issues, as well as changed skin conditions and period intervals.
Although symptoms vary many patients cannot shower, do grocery shopping, remember words, and perform other basic tasks.
The projects will focus on better understanding the disorder, identify effective therapies, and the best ways to care for those affected according to Reuters.
“This package of research will provide much needed hope to people with long-term health problems after COVID-19 (CCP Virus),” said Nick Lemoine, who chairs the National Institute for Health Research’s long COVID funding committee.
More than 4,500 people with the long CCP Virus will participate in one UCL study that examines the effectiveness of existing drugs as treatments to see how they affect symptoms, mental health, and the capacity to return to work after three months.
Another study at Cardiff University will investigate whether the condition is caused by overactive or impaired immune responses. Different studies in Leeds, Oxford, and Glasgow will look into the optimum care regimen, reasons behind breathlessness, and influence of obesity on people with the long CCP Virus.
The government earlier announced a budget of £100 million ($137.5 million) for services to help people suffering from the long CCP Virus. Eighty assessment centers have already opened across Great Britain.
“This new research is absolutely essential to improve diagnosis and treatments and will be life-changing for those who are battling long-term symptoms of the virus,” Health Minister Sajid Javid said according to Reuters.