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What is Long COVID?

According to the World Health Organisation, Long COVID is most commonly characterised by symptoms which may include:

  • fatigue,

  • shortness of breath and

  • cognitive dysfunction (brain fog).


However, WHO acknowledges that more than 200 symptoms have actually been reported as indicative of Long COVID. These symptoms may include:

  • chest pain,

  • trouble with speech,

  • anxiety or depression,

  • muscle aches,

  • fever,

  • breathlessness,

  • cough,

  • memory and concentration,

  • loss of smell and/or

  • loss of taste. 


The WHO defines Long COVID as 'the continuation or development of new symptoms 3 months after the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection, with these symptoms lasting for at least 2 months with no other explanation'. 


Because Long COVID is a recently diagnosed condition, its maximum duration is still unknown. However, it is known that the condition can last for as little as three months and as long as nine months or more. 

The WHO makes the following recommendations to protect yourself and others from developing Long COVID.

  • Take up offers of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters 

  • Wear well-fitted masks when in public 

  • Clean hands regularly

  • Ensure indoor spaces are well ventilated ​

Next Steps

If you have Long COVID, or are supporting someone that does, we have a few options that might help you:

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