Following infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) some people continue to experience symptoms or develop new symptoms. These symptoms can last for weeks or months. When the symptoms persist for more than 12 weeks the condition is known as post-COVID syndrome or long COVID.
People that have had infection with coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) can have a range of persistent or fluctuating symptoms that have a significant impact on quality of life. These include:
Approximately 10% of people who have it go on to develop persistent symptoms. People who suffered from severe COVID and those that required intensive care are at highest risk of long COVID. Middle aged females also seem to be at higher risk.
A holistic approach is often required with a focus on rest, mindfulness, improving sleep hygiene and a gradual increase in activity. Therapies targeted at managing individual symptoms or symptom clusters is beneficial.
It is however important to exclude significant pathology such as blood clots, lung fibrosis or bronchiectasis or other contributory factors such heart disease or sleep problems.