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Long COVID and Coronavirus Recovery

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Long COVID and Coronavirus Recovery

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Recovering from COVID-19 (Long Covid)

The majority of people who experience a COVID-19 infection have a short illness, though full recovery can take several weeks. Symptoms can affect adults and children and may fluctuate in severity and change in nature over time. Most people who experience COVID-19 will need time to recover from the illness.  It is important that people are kind to themselves and allow their body to recover at a natural pace.

 

Symptoms of Long COVID

There are many symptoms of Long COVID. The most common symptoms are:

  • Feeling extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Problems with memory and concentration (brain fog)
  • Joint pain
  • Dizziness
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Chest pain or having a ‘tight’ feeling in your chest
  • Pins and needles
  • Tinnitus/ear ache
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach pain, experiencing a loss of appetite
  • High temperature, cough, headache, sore throat
  • Changes to your sense of smell or taste
  • Rashes

 

Self-help advice

  • Find out more about Long COVID and how it can be managed. See our self-help resources below.
  • Visit our Pain and Long Term Health Conditions topic if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
  • Try one of the courses on Long COVID management below which looks at ways of managing the symptoms, setbacks and mental health impact of Long COVID.
  • See details on Post-Covid Recovery on the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board website.
  • Download the COVID Recovery app which has been developed to help manage symptoms. The app has been developed to support people who are still feeling a range of cardiac, neurological and psychological issues after having COVID-19. Your health professional may recommend the app to you as part of your rehabilitation support. See self-help resources below.
  • Always call 999 if you experience any life threatening symptoms or contact your GP if you feel your symptoms aren’t improving or you need further advice.

 

If you need further help

When to visit your GP

Are your symptoms are affecting your life significantly?  Are they stopping you doing things you can usually do?  Are you worried about some of your symptoms?  If you have answered yes to one of these questions then you should make an appointment with your GP.  They will be able to find out more about your symptoms and rule out anything else that may be causing the symptoms.

If you are worried about your general mental health and live in Wales, phone NHS Mental Health 111 and choose Option 2. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free to call from a mobile (even when the caller has no credit left) or from a landline. The service will provide immediate support over the phone to help cope with how you are feeling, and if needed, a referral to mental health services will be arranged.

If you live in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) area, and are aged over 18, you can contact your GP surgery to make an appointment with a Psychological Health Practitioner (PHP) or a GP. PHPs are NHS mental health practitioners, that are available at most GP surgeries in the ABUHB area.  They provide a free service for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems. Appointments can be either face to face, or over the phone.

If you are under 18 or worried about someone aged under 18 and need advice/self-referral to local mental health and wellbeing services in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, contact SPACE-Wellbeing.

Or alternatively contact another approved helpline or service. Some services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you are an unpaid carer for someone experiencing long COVID symptoms, visit our Unpaid Carers page for more information and advice.

Last updated: 19.04.2024
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COVID-19 resources to help you learn more and overcome your struggles

Browse our free self-help resources for Long COVID, approved by mental health experts. The resources include advice and information on topics such as brain fog, breathlessness, nutrition and fatigue. These could be useful for any illness, not just COVID-19.

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Supporting Your Mental Health – Digital Communities Wales

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Post-Covid Recovery – Resources and events to aid you in your Long Covid recovery

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Your COVID Recovery – NHS resources to support your recovery after COVID-19

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Helplines and support for Long COVID

See below for helplines relevant to Long COVID and COVID-19. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Psychological Health Practitioners (PHP)

If you feel you need ongoing support to improve your mental health, then you may need professional support from the NHS. This is a free service and you will be able to access this help from within your GP surgery. Ask if there is a Psychological Health Practitioner based in your surgery. If not, then your GP can provide support.

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