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Long COVID

 

COVID-19 can sometimes cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is called 'long COVID'.

About long COVID

COVID-19 affects people differently. It does not matter how ill you are when you get COVID-19, after the infection is gone, the symptoms can still take up to 12 months to fully disappear. For some people, these symptoms can last even longer.

Symptoms of long COVID

Common symptoms are unpredictable and can change daily. Some symptoms may disappear randomly to be replaced by new ones.

Long Covid symptoms include:

  • 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

It is also very common to feel overwhelmed and upset with what is happening to you. Many people may start feeling frustrated and anxious about not being able to do the things they usually do.

What is Post-Covid Assessment Service (PCAS)?

PCAS stands for the Post-Covid Assessment Service and covers people living (and those registered with their GP) in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Your GP or hospital specialist can refer you to PCAS if you have had long COVID symptoms for over 12 weeks, and will also request a base line blood test and chest x-ray.

If you have long COVID and are unable to work, you may be entitled to statutory sick pay. To find out how to apply, visit the government page on long COVID and statutory sick pay.

Long Covid events and help sessions

Long Covid group sessions

Total wellbeing Luton is hosting a new programme for people struggling with long Covid. This programme focuses on assisting people in new ways to adapt to the challenges that come with managing the symptoms of long Covid using cognitive behavioural therapy. It runs on Tuesdays 2pm – 3pm and will run for six weeks.

To book, please call TotalWellbeingLuton on 0300 555 4152 or email them at [email protected].

Breathe easy event

Total Wellbeing Luton are also hosting an event that will help those that have respiratory conditions including those that have had their breathing impacted by Covid-19 and long Covid. This event is on Tuesday 21 June from 12pm to 3pm at Luton Inspire Sports Village Function room. The event will provide information about support available for anyone living with respiratory difficulties and is supported by the British Lung Foundation.

There will be talks and presentations from local organisations plus stalls showcasing local support.

For more information, email [email protected] or call on 0300 555 41521

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