What is 'Long Covid'?

A comprehensive evaluation of the post viral illness that has swept the Globe 

 

For some people, coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or "long COVID".

About Long COVID

After initial infection of COVID-19, recovery timelines are different for everyone.

Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks. Unfortunately, there are some who still have lasting symptoms that persist months afterwards.

There has not yet been a proven connection or understanding of who will develop or why they develop long covid. As we now know, young, fit adults and sometimes children, with no underlying health conditions, can develop long covid.

For more information, see the article here.

Symptoms of Long COVID

There are lots of symptoms you can have after a COVID-19 infection.

Common long COVID symptoms include:

  • debilitating tiredness (fatigue)

  • shortness of breath

  • chest pain or tightness

  • problems with memory and concentration ("brain fog")

  • difficulty sleeping (insomnia)

  • heart palpitations

  • dizziness

  • pins and needles

  • joint pain

  • depression and anxiety

  • tinnitus, earaches

  • nausea, diarrhea, constipation

  • stomach aches, loss of appetite

  • a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste

  • rashes/ skin problems

  • weight loss or weight gain