What is Long Covid?
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 where your symptoms continue for more than 4 weeks.
How long it takes to recover from Covid is different for everyone, many will feel better within a few days or few weeks and most will recover within 12 weeks. However, for some symptoms can last a lot longer.
The NHS has said some of the common Long Covid symptoms can include:
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- shortness of breath
- chest pain or tightness
- problems with memory and concentration ("brain fog")
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- heart palpitations
The British Heart Foundation has information on Long Covid symptoms and tips for Long Covid Recovery.
When should I seek medical attention?
Call 999 if you experience:
- Chest pain that is sudden or severe and doesn’t go away
- Sudden chest pain that is accompanied by vomiting, nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath
- Sudden chest pain that is accompanied by a loss of consciousness
Does being vaccinated reduce the risk of Long Covid?
Yes, research from King's College London suggests that having two doses of the vaccine halves the risk of developing Long Covid in adults who become infected.
For anyone with a disability or long term health condition including Long Covid, there is a financial safety net including statutory sick pay and universal credit. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is also available for those who have a daily living and/or mobility needs for three months and are expected to have these for at least another nine months.
All age groups and work types may be eligible for help in paying council tax, Citizens Advice offer information on what you can do if you are struggling to pay your bills due to Covid-19.
Mental Health Support
The impact and experience of the COVID-19 outbreak has been different for everyone, that’s why it’s important to look after our mental wellbeing. The NHS and Every Mind Matters offer information and advice on what support is out there to help you. Take the Your Mind Plan quiz to see what tips will work best for you.
Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, find out how you can get help from a local mental health charity or organisation.