Doctors warn that misinformation about treatments is spreading and yoga and HULA HOOPS are now on the list of quack cures to Covid via social media

  • NHS doctors fear a spike in quack long-Covid treatments
  • Alternative remedies include Hula Hoops and yoga.
  • Most of the so-called miracle cures can be found online for desperate sufferers
  • Expert: “It is crucial that anyone with ongoing symptoms following Covid contact their GP,” says the expert.

Fears are being expressed by NHS bosses about a spike in quack remedies and fad diets that claim to cure long-term Covid.

Ineffective treatments such as eating Hula Hopps and avoiding avocados and aubergines are being billed as miracle remedies for the condition, which has affected around one in 20 Covid sufferers in the UK according to one study.

The Times reports that herbalists even offer ‘long-Covid clinics’ that promise to’reduce depth and duration’ symptoms. 

NHS England's medical director Professor Stephen Powis has warned about the rise in quack treatments for long-Covid

Professor Stephen Powis is the NHS England’s medical Director. He has warned about the rise of quack treatments for long-Covid.

Professor Stephen Powis is the NHS England’s medical director. He stated: “The continual spread of misinformation about quick fixes or cures for long Covid puts people at risk from ineffective and exploitative treatments that can even be harmful.” 

“Spending thousands on a trip to the Alps will have no effect on your bank account, and following fad dieting and injecting antioxidants can be dangerous if they are not used correctly.

Many of these providers use social media to offer treatment options such as hyperbaric and vitamin infusions. 

Some spas even offer Covid retreats, which can be as long as a year and cost thousands of pounds. They also offer treatments ranging from yoga to cryotherapy.

An Office for National Statistics report cites more than 830,000 people in the UK who have suffered symptoms for at least 12 weeks after contracting coronavirus — the definition of ‘post-Covid syndrome’ 

The NHS has established a network of long-term Covid clinics for specialist care, but some victims are turning to dubious online solutions as a quick fix.  

Eating Hula Hoops is one of the bizarre treatments being promoted online to treat long-Covid

Hula Hoops are one of the many bizarre online treatments to treat long-Covid.

Prof Powis said that another risk factor is that Covid symptoms may be long-lasting. 

He stated that certain symptoms of stroke, lung carcinoma or other serious respiratory problems are similar to those reported for long Covid.

“It is vital that anyone suffering from ongoing symptoms after Covid-19 see their doctor immediately to rule out any other underlying causes. 

Who was the most likely to have a long covid for more than one year? 

To estimate the number of Britons suffering from long Covid, the ONS surveyed 300,000.

It was estimated that 0.63% of the population was affected for at least one year. However, certain groups were more likely.

50-69-year-olds: 1%

Women: 0.7%

White people: 0.64%

North Easters: 0.9%

People from the most deprived areas: 0.7%

Healthcare workers: 1.46%

Social care workers: 1.17%

Civil servants: 0.91%

Those with severe disabilities: 1.81%