About long COVID

Common long COVID symptoms

After catching COVID-19 you may be taking longer to get better than other people. You may find you're still unwell more than 4 weeks after the start of your infection, and may develop new problems over several weeks.

Long COVID is a term that's been used to describe these symptoms which can change and come and go over time.

Commonly reported symptoms

There are a broad range of symptoms you may or may not experience with long COVID. The most common symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain or tightness
  • problems with memory and concentration ("brain fog")
  • difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • heart palpitations
  • dizziness
  • pins and needles
  • joint pain
  • depression and anxiety
  • tinnitus, earaches
  • feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
  • a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
  • rashes
  • dry eyes

Your symptoms may improve for a time and then get worse again.