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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.
Recovery from COVID-19 is different for everybody. However if your COVID-19 symptoms last weeks or months after the infection has gone you could be experiencing Long COVID.
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)
Having trouble sleeping
Chest pain or having a ‘tight’ feeling in your chest
Pins and needles
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
Find out more about Long COVID and how it can be managed. See our self-help resources below.
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. See self-help resources below.
See details ‘Getting support for recovery from Long COVID’ on the Welsh Government website. See self-help resources below.
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.
Visit the Public Health Wales website which includes details of an online COVID recovery programme and information on specific symptoms. See self-help resources below for details.
Always call 999 if you experience any life threatening symptoms or contact the 111 online coronavirus service or your GP if you feel your symptoms aren’t improving or you need further advice.
When to visit your GP
If you are worried about symptoms 4 weeks or more after having COVID-19 contact your GP.
Last updated: 28.07.2022
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Courses to help you learn more about living with COVID-19
The recent pandemic has huge effect on our lives. Below are some of the best resources, provided by NHS accredited sources, to help you live and cope with COVID-19 and illness.
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.
Long COVID (Post COVID-19 Syndrome) – Public Health Wales
COVID Recovery App (Android) – Support for those who are still feeling a range of cardiac, neurological and psychological issues after having COVID-19
COVID Recovery App (iOS) – Support for those who are still feeling a range of cardiac, neurological and psychological issues after having COVID-19
Getting support for recovery from COVID-19 (Long COVID) | GOV.WALES
See below for helplines relevant to Long COVID and COVID-19. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.
NHS 111 Wales
The NHS 111 telephone service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can use it for urgent health advice on what services to access or how to manage an illness or condition and to access urgent primary care out of hours.
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