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
- Joint or muscle pain
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Depression and anxiety
Find out more about symptoms and what you can do
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 ad 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 restating some normal activities and relaxation
- Gentle exercise such as yoga can help to relieve join and muscle pain
More tips on managing your symptoms
Support and resources
- NHS Your COVID Recovery – Supporting your recovery after COVID-19 by providing information and support.
- BHF Heart Matters – Information on long COVID ad what you should do if you have it
- Self Isolation – as you recover from COVID, you may be spending more time at home than usual. The self-isolation page provides lots of resources to keep you occupied at home during your recovery process