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What is long Covid?

These are Covid-19 effects that may carry on for a duration of time (usually 8-12 weeks) after the initial illness.

If you are worried about your symptoms 4 weeks or more after having Covid-19 you should contact your GP.

Effects of long COVID-19 

Long Covid affects people in a variety of different ways. This can include effects on the body as well as the mind. There is a wide variety of symptoms which can include 

  • Fatigue 
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain 
  • Depression and anxiety 

Find out more about symptoms and what you can do 

what you can do to recover

Coping with long COVID 

Thankfully there are things you can try to help you become comfortable and bring back some sense of normality during your recovery. This can include:

  • Managing fatigue through pacing yourself by taking regular breaks. It’s also important that you get adequate sleep.
  • Watching for your mental health. It is normal to have feelings of fear and anxiety especially if you spent time in hospital and ICU. There things you can do to manage this such as keeping busy, gradually restarting some normal activities and relaxation time. 
  • Gentle exercise such as yoga can help to relieve joint and muscle pain. 

More tips on managing your symptoms

Support and resources 

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