Long-term effects of coronavirus
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
How long it takes to recover from COVID-19 is different for everybody. Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks. But for some people, symptoms can last longer.
The chances of having long-term symptoms does not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first get COVID-19. People who had mild symptoms at first can still have long-term problems.
Symptoms of long COVID
There are lots of symptoms you can have after a COVID-19 infection.
Common long COVID symptoms include:
extreme tiredness (fatigue)
shortness of breath
chest pain or tightness
problems with memory and concentration ("brain fog")
difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
pins and needles
depression and anxiety
feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
What support is available to you if you have been diagnosed
with long COVID
Some people with milder symptoms may be able to help themselves through self-management.
By listening to people and asking, 'What matters to you?' a personalised care and support planning process based on what matters most to individuals is a crucial initial step in providing personalised care.
Techniques such as shared decision making, SMART goat setting, health coaching, virtual group consultations and signposting to alternative support services. This may also include supporting people through the Your COVID Recovery interactive platform.
The Health and Wellbeing team are here to provide you with information and advice for self-management support to help you manage your symptoms and make lifestyle changes to aid your recovery.
We will receive patient referrals from GPs for those patients that have been diagnosed with Long COVID and may benefit from our support. We will contact patients once a referral has been received, so there is no need for you to contact us to request this support.