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INFORMATION: What is Long COVID?

Each individual will experience COVID recovery differently.  The course of recovery does not appear to be related to the severity of the initial infection. Many people make a full recovery within 12 weeks but some people do not. For some people, symptoms can persist for longer than 12 weeks and may change over time and new symptoms may develop.

 

Most infections with COVID resolve within the first 4 weeks. “Long COVID” is an informal term that is commonly used to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop after acute infection of COVID. Depending on how long you have ongoing symptoms, it can be called one of 2 things:

  • Ongoing symptomatic COVID
    This is where your symptoms continue for more than 4 weeks. If your symptoms last for longer than 12 weeks, it will then be called;

 

  • Post-COVID Syndrome
    This is where your ongoing symptoms continue for longer than 12 weeks and cannot be explained by any other condition

 

Symptoms of Long Covid can be many and varied and can change over time. The most commonly reported symptoms include (but are not limited to) the following:

 

 

What should I expect during my recovery from COVID?

The recovery time is different for everyone. The length of your recovery is not necessarily related to the severity of your initial illness or whether you were in the hospital. If new or ongoing symptoms do occur and they are causing you concern, you should always seek medical advice and support. For additional information please click here

 

Long COVID Survey

The five Healthwatch across North Central London - Barnet, Camden, Enfield,  Haringey and Islington - have launched a joint survey to understand the impact of #LongCOVID. If you or someone you know are suffering from Long COVID, which means you have been struggling with symptoms for more than four weeks after having COVID-19, please take part in our survey and share your experiences. Take the survey here