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Cough costs UK a whopping £979m!

The group representing respiratory specialists declared yesterday that coughing costs the UK economy a huge amount of £979million annually.//

Lost of productivity when sufferers are not well costs approximately £875million, while the health service industry loses £104million.

According to the British Thoracic Society (BTS), this figure does not include “chronic” coughs caused by asthma, drugs or environment factors.

The BTS said that over-the-counter medicines seldom help and more research needed to be done for better treatments. They defined an acute cough as the one that lasts less than 3 weeks.

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