Most people recover after COVID-19 infection without any problems. However, some people develop ’Long COVID’ or ‘post-COVID-19 syndrome’ even after recovering from the infection. Long COVID is a term to describe the effects of COVID-19 which continue for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Long COVID as ‘usually 3 months from the onset of COVID-19 with symptoms that last for at least 2 months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.’
Click to watch WHO video on Long COVID
Symptoms of Long COVID
Neurological (most common)
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- pins and needles
- problems with memory or concentration (also called ‘brain fog’)
- mood changes such as depression or anxiety
- difficulty sleeping
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- cough or sore throat
- tinnitus or earache
- altered smell
- heart palpitations
- dizziness on standing
- chest pain or tightness
- pins and needles
- joint or muscle pains
- loss of appetite or taste
- diarrhoea or nausea
- stomach aches or abdominal pain
Unfortunately there is NO specific treatment for Long COVID. Here are some tips on how to manage your symptoms;
Fatigue and breathlessness
- Pace yourself and do not over-exert yourself by doing excessive strenuous activities
- Break down your daily chores into smaller more manageable tasks
- Take frequent short breaks to prevent getting exhausted
- Take gentle exercises such as short walks on flat surfaces
- Connect and keep in touch with your friends either face-to-face or virtually
- Stay active and have a plan to do things
- Have good sleeping habits
The best way to avoid Long COVID is to prevent COVID-19 illness from spreading. Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to prevent yourself getting serious COVID-19 infection and can also help protect those around you.
Consult a doctor for advice if you have these symptoms
Disclaimer. TELEME blog posts contains general information about health conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such.
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