Case numbers are falling in all age groups, including over-70s. This is good news as case rates in older people have been a key driver of the steep rise in hospitalisations and deaths in this wave.
SARS-CoV-2 is not the first virus to cause unexplained chronic illness, but the sheer size of this pandemic means more people will develop long COVID.
The last Omicron wave affected younger people. But the new BA.5 variant is seeing case numbers in older age groups higher than ever before – just as hospitals are under the most pressure.