The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has officially recognised ‘long COVID’ as a clinical condition.
Post COVID syndrome, also known as long COVID, occurs when “signs and symptoms that develop during or following an infection consistent with COVID-19, continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis
We are learning that COVID-19 is a multi-system disease affecting different parts of the body and people in different ways.
Recovery could occur at a slower pace or take longer than you might expect.
We are still discovering about the long term effects and symptoms of COVID-19 which could have a significant impact on your day-to-day life.
Research about Long COVID continues to emerge as patient stories are brought to light.
Sufferers report a wide range of problems beyond the three NHS-approved symptoms (persistent cough, fever and loss of taste or smell).
These include fatigue, breathlessness, muscle aches, joint pain, ‘brain fog,’ memory loss, lack of concentration, and depression.
It is not thought that people are infectious once the initial infection has ended (after approximately 10 days), but just that they suffer long-term effects while recovering
The following link provides additional information and suggested support for people living with Long Covid