Patient support post Covid.

Some people will recover from Covid-19 quickly with few or no long term effects. For others it may take up to 6-8 weeks before they start to feel like themselves again, with most people reporting that they are symptom free by 12 weeks.

Whether you’ve been treated for Covid-19 infection in hospital or you managed your Covid-19 symptoms in the community, a smaller group of people will find the effects to be longer lasting. This is sometimes called Post Covid Syndrome or ‘long Covid’.

Longer term impacts can include shortness of breath, fatigue, and problems involving the heart, lungs, kidneys, nervous system and muscles and joints.

These prolonged effects may linger or recur for months after your initial recovery and are being reported by some as having a severe impact on their quality of life.

What to expect from your Covid-19 recovery
It is important not to compare your recovery with others as different people are likely to have different problems, or need a longer length of time to recover than others.

Some common problems you may experience during or after the illness include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue or extreme tiredness
  • Reduced mobility and muscle weakness
  • Difficulty swallowing food and drink, particularly if you were ventilated with a breathing tube while in hospital
  • Reduced physical fitness
  • Changes in mood, anxiety or depression
  • Managing daily activities
  • New difficulties with attention, remembering things and thinking clearly
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares  or flashbacks

What can I do to support my recovery?
Many people will find that their symptoms resolve in time and by using self- management advice and techniques. Below is a list of resources that may help you with your post Covid recovery.

Who should I contact if I have concerns/ questions about my recovery?
If you continue to experience any longer lasting effects of Covid-19 despite using the self-management tools, please contact your GP in the first instance. This is so they can ensure any other medical reasons for your symptoms are ruled out first. Your GP will discuss with you how you have been managing and assess how Covid-19 is affecting you. They may ask you questions about your health and wellbeing which may include:

  • Your living and social situation
  • Changes in your mood/emotions
  • Changes to your mobility/activity or ability to look after yourself
  • Changes in your voice, swallowing and communication
  • Changes to your eating and weight
  • Problems with your memory and concentration
  • Any other health problems or symptoms that have developed.

Your GP will then be able to refer to the appropriate service to support you with your post Covid symptoms.

Resources
A number of supporting resources have been developed to support you during your Covid-19 recovery

  • To read the latest NHS advice and personalised support on recovering from Covid-19 visit Your Covid Recovery.
  • Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have created a Post Covid-19 Hub to provide support on the longer term health impacts of Covid-19. For more information visit www.post-covid.org.uk/.
  • The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists have created an animation to show you what you can expect when recovering from Covid-19. To find out more click on the image button below to watch the video

Downloads

Support for Rehabilitation Self-Management after Covid-19-Related Illness

Advice for People Experiencing Voice Problems after Covid-19

Living With Covid19: A Dynamic Review of the Evidence Around Ongoing Covid19 Symptoms (often called Long Covid)

Improving your Nutrition Before and After your Covid-19 illness

Physiotherapy Advice Following Covid-19

Post-Covid Fatigue: Information for Patients

How to Manage Post-Viral Fatigue after Covid-19: Practical Advice for People who Have Recovered at Home

How to Conserve Your Energy

Covid-19: The Road to Recovery Activity Planner

Patient videos
The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University has put together a series of videos to support people who have symptoms of fatigue during their recovery from Covid-19.  There is also a point of contact for the

RICOVR | Sheffield Hallam University (shu.ac.uk)

Fatigue Videos

These videos have been viewed and recommended by the Sheffield Long Covid Patient Voice Group. The series of videos should ideally be watched in order and take over an hour and a half if watched all in one sitting. It is therefore recommended you take regular breaks between each one if you watch them all in one sitting so that you are not fatigued.

 

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