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What is Long COVID?

According to the World Health Organisation, Long COVID is most commonly characterised by symptoms which may include:

  • shortness of breath,

  • cognitive dysfunction (brain fog), and

  • fatigue.

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However, WHO acknowledges that more than 200 symptoms have actually been reported as indicative of Long COVID. These symptoms may include:

  • chest pain,

  • trouble with speech,

  • anxiety or depression,

  • muscle aches,

  • fever,

  • breathlessness,

  • fatigue,

  • cough,

  • breathlessness,

  • fatigue,

  • cough,

  • memory and concentration,

  • loss of smell, and

  • loss of taste. 

 

A person is usually considered to have Long COVID if their symptoms have persisted for longer than 12 weeks after their initial infection.  

 

Because Long COVID is a recently diagnosed condition, its maximum duration is still unknown. However, it is known that the condition can last for as little as three months and as long as nine months or more. 

Next Steps

If you have Long COVID, or are supporting someone that does, we have a few options that might help you:

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