Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Research shows that while the majority of people make a full recovery from COVID-19 some people experience longer lasting symptoms.
That is why the government is building on the previous £100 million in care funding and £50 million in research funding for long COVID. Through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 15 new studies have been commissioned, backed by £19.6 million, to improve diagnosis of the condition, care services, and symptom management, and identify effective treatments.
Commissioning this research will be life changing for those who are struggling with longer-term symptoms, and will help configure treatment and care to best treat long COVID.