What is Long COVID?
Long COVID or Post COVID syndrome is when symptoms continue, or when new symptoms develop, more than 12 weeks following the infection. It affects about 10% of people who have had a COVID-19 infection. The likelihood of this developing is not thought to be linked to the severity of the initial illness, including whether you were in hospital.
Recovery from Coronavirus (COVID-19) can vary greatly from person-to-person. For some people recovery is short. For others, symptoms can last for weeks or even months.
It is common to feel tired and fatigued, and other symptoms can include breathlessness, cough, muscle weakness and problems with memory or concentration. This can make usual day-to-day activities more difficult. Symptoms can also “come and go” so you may feel better one day, and worse the next. Therefore it is important not to rush back to “normal” life.
Everyone is affected differently, which means you may need different care and support from others who have had it. It is important not to compare yourself to other people. Here are some resources that can help:
COVID Recovery App
The All Wales COVID Recovery app is free, bilingual and available on Apple and Android. The app has been developed by experts from across the country. The COVID Recovery app has been developed to support people recovering from COVID-19, to support people who have been shielding, as well as those who are awaiting paused, planned care and those who have avoided access to care during the pandemic.
You can download it via the links below:
Your COVID Recovery
Your COVID Recovery is an online recovery programme to help support people after COVID-19. It is has been developed by NHS England. You can search for your symptoms and find information and advice. The information can also be downloaded and printed. You can go straight to the website here.
Or find information about your specific symptoms here:
- Managing Your Oxygen
- Taste and Smell
- Voice and Swallowing
- Musculoskeletal, Shoulder and Back Pain
- Managing Fear and Anxiety
- Managing Your Mood and Coping with Frustration
- Memory and Concentration
Keeping Me Well
Keeping Me Well is Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s digital rehabilitation resource with information that people can access to keep themselves well, including during COVID-19 recovery. It is bilingual. You can find it here.
COVID Rehabilitation Hub
The COVID Rehabilitation Hub is a team of experts that delivers rehabilitation for individuals experiencing Long COVID or Post COVID syndrome. If your recovery is taking longer than 12 weeks, you can discuss your options with your GP. Symptoms for individuals recovering from COVID can include:
- Inability to be active
- Weight management
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
- Concentration difficulties
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of taste
- Voice and swallowing problems
Discuss your options with your GP.
GPs – More information on the COVID Rehabilitation Hub can be found on its dedicated SharePoint page.
What to Do if My Symptoms Deteriorate?
If you feel your symptoms are getting worse, particularly if you feel more short of breath, have worsening chest pain, or a persistent cough lasting longer than three weeks, dial 111 or contact your GP. In a medical emergency, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have COVID-19 symptoms.