Long COVID, also known as long-haul COVID or chronic COVID syndrome, refers to the presumed long-term symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Not everyone who has the disease will get long COVID.
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Some people feel better in a few days or weeks, and most people with long COVID will make a full recovery within 12 weeks.
The chance of having long-term symptoms is not linked to how ill someone is when they first get the disease (COVID-19). It can happen to anyone.
List of symptoms[change | change source]
- Extreme fatigue
- Long lasting cough
- Muscle weakness
- Low grade fever
- Inability to concentrate (brain fog)
- Memory lapses
- Changes in mood, sometimes accompanied by depression and other mental health problems
- Sleep difficulties
- Joint pain
- Needle pains in arms and legs
- Diarrhoea and bouts of vomiting
- Loss of taste and smell
- Sore throat and difficulties swallowing
- New onset of diabetes and hypertension
- Heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Skin rash
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Kidney problems (acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney disease)
- Changes in oral health (teeth, saliva, gums)
- Anosmia (lack of sense of smell)
- Parosmia (changed smells)
- Blood clotting (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)
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