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International Long Covid Awareness Day 2024

by Guy Murphy

Long COVID is a new condition which is still being studied, and some people may be unaware that they could be experiencing the long-term effects of COVID-19 or that help is available.

International Long Covid Awareness Day takes place on Friday 15 March this year and aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of long COVID, and that NHS support is available to those who are suffering from the condition.

Although most people with COVID-19 feel better within a few days or weeks of their first symptoms and make a full recovery within 12 weeks, for some, symptoms can last longer – this is called long COVID.

The most common symptoms of long COVID are:

  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • feeling short of breath
  • loss of smell or taste
  • muscle aches

However, there are lots of symptoms you can have after a COVID-19 infection, including:

  • problems with your memory and concentration (“brain fog”)
  • chest pain or tightness
  • a high temperature
  • feeling sick
  • a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat

If you’ve had symptoms of COVID-19 for 4 weeks or more, contact your GP practice. Your GP may refer you to a specialist or rehabilitation service.

If you experience mental health symptoms, such as anxiety or depression, NHS mental health support services are here to help you. Speak to your GP about a referral or find out how to self-refer on the NHS website.

You can also visit the Living Well Service in Stockbridge Village on 14 March for advice on managing your symptoms, and to discuss whether you would be suitable for a referral from your GP. Long COVID teams will be available at the drop-ins to speak to and get advice.

For more information and advice about long COVID, visit NHS.uk.