SMEs record "critical" impact of Long Covid on business

Over one-third of SMEs

John Brazier
clock • 3 min read

New research from Unum UK finds over one in three UK SMEs suffered a critical impact on finances and business success due to the effects of Long Covid.

The survey, conducted on behalf of Unum among 1,055 SMEs in the UK, found that 45% of firms reported at least one staff member had been diagnosed with Covid-19, while just over one-third (35%) had an employee report symptoms of Long Covid. When measuring the impact on the business, one-third of SMEs that had a staff contract Covid-19 said it had a "critical" impact, defined as "substantial financial loss and the success of the business has been seriously damaged." This rose to 38% of SMEs that had staff affected by long-term symptoms of Long Covid, with a further 36% reporting a "sign...

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