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Understanding Post-COVID-19 Syndrome (Long COVID)

What is Post-COVID-19 Syndrome?

Post-COVID-19 syndrome, also known as "long COVID," refers to lingering symptoms that persist for weeks or months after the initial infection has resolved.

Recovery Duration

The recovery period from COVID-19 varies from person to person. While some individuals may start feeling better within days or weeks, others may experience symptoms for an extended period.

  • Typical Recovery: Most individuals fully recover within 12 weeks.
  • Varied Duration: Symptoms may persist longer, regardless of the initial severity of the illness.

Common Symptoms of Long COVID

Long COVID symptoms can be diverse and may include:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Problems with memory and concentration ("brain fog")
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Heart palpitations or dizziness
  • Pins and needles
  • Joint pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Tinnitus
  • Earaches
  • Feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
  • High temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
  • Skin rashes

Seeking Medical Help

If you experience symptoms persisting for 4 weeks or longer after a COVID-19 infection, consider contacting your GP for assistance.

  • Consultation: Your doctor will inquire about your symptoms and assess their impact on your daily life.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Tests such as blood tests, blood pressure checks, and chest x-rays may be recommended to further evaluate your condition.
  • Care and Support: Your GP can provide information, advice, and referrals to specialized rehabilitation services to aid in symptom management and recovery.