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Covid symptom could see you BANNED from the roads for five years


A RARE symptom of Covid-19 could see you BANNED from the roads for five years.

Cough syncope is a neurological disorder which makes patients lose consciousness mid-coughing fit – and it must be declared to the DVLA before driving.

A rare symptom of Covid-19 could see you BANNED from the roads for five years

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A rare symptom of Covid-19 could see you BANNED from the roads for five yearsCredit: Alamy

Sufferers pass out because the coughing causes an increase in pressure on their heart which makes their blood pressure drop.

Last year, a 75-year-old Covid patient fainted mid-coughing fit five days after he was discharged from hospital, a study by the Maria Vittoria Hospital in Italy found.

With the effects of long Covid still unknown – and a persistent cough being a common lasting symptom – drivers should be cautious of the potential risks, Grimsby Live reports.

The DVLA deems cough syncope potentially dangerous and orders car and motorcycle drivers to cease driving for six months after one episode.

If the patient passes out again within a five-year span, they must stop driving for 12 months.

Bus and lorry drivers will be banned for 12 months after one episode – and five years if they black out again.

The DVLA website reads: “Having experienced an episode or episodes of cough syncope, a person has identified themselves as being in a higher risk group that is predisposed to cough syncope.

“Therefore, even if the cough syncope episode occurred during a short-lived period of increased cough (such as an episode of acute respiratory infection), this would not alter the fact that the person is then at a higher risk of experiencing an episode of cough syncope whenever they cough, regardless of the cause.

“Treatment, management or resolution of the condition which caused the cough does not reduce the risk of syncope with further episodes of cough.”

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