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Long COVID, also known as long-haul COVID or chronic COVID syndrome, refers to the long-term symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Not everyone who has the disease will get long COVID.


Some people feel better in a few days or weeks, and most people with long COVID will make a full recovery within 12 weeks.

The chance of having long-term symptoms is not linked to how ill someone is when they first get the disease (COVID-19). It can happen to anyone.

List of symptoms

Symptoms reported by people with long COVID include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Long lasting cough
  • Muscle weakness
  • Low grade fever
  • Inability to concentrate (brain fog)
  • Memory lapses
  • Changes in mood, sometimes accompanied by depression and other mental health problems
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Needle pains in arms and legs
  • Diarrhoea and bouts of vomiting
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Sore throat and difficulties swallowing
  • New onset of diabetes and hypertension
  • Heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Skin rash
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Palpitations
  • Kidney problems (acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney disease)
  • Changes in oral health (teeth, saliva, gums)
  • Anosmia (lack of sense of smell)
  • Parosmia (changed smells)
  • Tinnitus
  • Blood clotting (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)
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