What is long Covid?
One of the main reasons to do your best to avoid this virus is something referred to as long Covid. Long Covid is characterised by an extremely wide range of potential symptoms (with more added as our knowledge base and experience grow) that can last weeks or months after you are first infected. It will sometimes only appear weeks after infection, and it can happen to anyone who has had Covid-19, even if they had only mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all!
Symptoms of long Covid
Typically, so called ‘long-haulers’ (people who suffer from long Covid) will report different combinations of the following:
- tiredness or fatigue,
- difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”),
- loss of smell or taste,
- dizziness on standing,
- fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations),
- chest pain,
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath,
- joint or muscle pain,
- depression or anxiety,
- fever, and
- symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities.
If you suspect you have long Covid, please see your doctor.
Some positive news
Preliminary research and anecdotal reports indicate that vaccination may relieve symptoms of long Covid. This is of particular importance for those who may consider not getting vaccinated, due to already having had Covid-19.