Survey seeks Covid-19 experiences from sufferers

BAILIWICK residents who tested positive for Covid-19 between September 2020 and March this year are being asked by Public Health to complete a questionnaire about their experiences.

Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29536126)
Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29536126)

It said the survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes, would assist in understanding the possible healthcare needs of people who have had it.

The research would also help in understanding how those needs might differ depending on which variant they had and how those requirements may differ depending on whether they were fully or partially vaccinated against the virus when they were infected.

Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink said it was important to learn more about the impact on people who contracted the virus between the first and second waves as well as those who became infected during wave two.

‘Of particular interest is the impact of the Kent variant that was circulating in wave two. We are also interested to learn more about the effect of vaccination,’ said Dr Brink.

‘This survey will inform how we plan and improve services for islanders who may contract the virus in the future, as well as providing information on the long-term impact in people who have had Covid-19.’

Parents and guardians of children aged under-16 who had a positive diagnosis are invited to complete the survey on their behalf.

The survey has been reviewed and approved by the Health & Social Care ethics committee. Information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with other States service areas without consent.

. The survey is open until 31 May and can be completed online at: https://www.gov.gg/covidsurvey. Paper copies can be requested by calling 01481 227311 or by emailing publichealth@gov.gg.

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