Although it appears that an end may be in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, there are lingering effects that will continue to impact the lives of many people. For those who have contracted COVID-19, the road to recovery is not always smooth. Long COVID refers to long-term symptoms of the illness that may continue affecting people even after the infection is gone.
According to the Office for National Statistics, there are currently over 1 million people in the UK living with long COVID. Long COVID must be handled on a case-by-case basis and recovery times vary for each individual. For some, long COVID may pass in a matter of days, but it’s also possible that the effects could linger for months.
Symptoms of long COVID may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or tightness
- Issues with memory or concentration
- Trouble sleeping
- Joint pain
- Depression or anxiety
- Changes to the sense of smell or taste
For those living with long COVID, it’s important to take a positive approach to managing both symptoms and the recovery process. Consider the following self-care steps:
- Consider your diet—Eating healthy can provide your body with important vitamins and nutrients, and can also provide a boost to your mental health and self-esteem. Check for any specific vitamin deficiencies and consider taking supplements if necessary.
- Give yourself credit—Living with long COVID is not easy, so try to avoid being too hard on yourself. Celebrate yourself for accomplishing tasks that you may have previously considered minor, such as cleaning and doing laundry.
Seek support—Isolation can lead to mental health issues. Even if you are unable to communicate or meet with people face-to-face, try to stay connected with friends and family. Online support groups—especially those made up of others who might also be living with long COVID—may be particularly helpful.
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