Long COVID: How to spot it and what action to take

August 03 2021   |   News

One of the major concerns about the present pandemic is Long COVID – a condition which involves long-term symptoms that can last for weeks or months after initially contracting the disease.

Many who catch COVID-19 recover fairly quickly but latest statistics show a worrying trend of almost 90% of people who have had COVID reporting at least one symptom remaining nearly two months after becoming sick, and more than half say they still feel fatigued.

Recognising the symptoms

Long COVID symptoms can appear in many forms and there is no definitive list – it can vary from person to person, but the symptoms can include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain 
  • Tight chest
  • “brain fog” or trouble remembering things
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Pins and needles
  • Generalised aches and pains and joint pain
  • Anxiety
  • Ear problems including pain and ringing in your ears
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach ache
  • Loss of appetites
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Rashes and hair loss
  • Changes to smell or taste
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes

It’s worth remembering that we are learning more about COVID all the time and you may experience symptoms which don’t appear on the list. Work is also ongoing to investigate possible COVID infection links to long-lasting organ damage.

What action can you take?

If you have previously been diagnosed with COVID and are still experiencing symptoms, you may benefit from Long Covid care. The condition can affect men and women of all ages across a range of general health levels who may have experienced a mild or severe COVID infection.

Checking out your symptoms with a doctor will help identify any underlying conditions that may exist and provide treatment to alleviate the symptoms. 

Our experienced medical staff at Summerfield Healthcare can develop a treatment and lifestyle plan to help you cope with long COVID. Urgent appointments are available and our team will ensure you see a consultant quickly and easily to set you on the road to recovery.

You can rest assured that our commitment to providing the very best treatment includes keeping fully abreast of the latest developments in COVID research – which will help your recovery plan. By providing you with the right support, our team is able to help you return to better health as soon as possible.