Long COVID-19

Find help and support if you have long COVID-19

The amount of time it can take to recover from coronavirus (COVID-19) varies from person to person.

While most people can recover quickly, others are left with symptoms that can last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes referred to as Long COVID-19.

Long COVID19 can affect anyone, not only those who were seriously unwell or admitted to hospital when they caught COVID-19.

Signs and symptoms of long COVID

Long COVID-19 describes a range of symptoms, which may change over time.

Your COVID Recovery is an NHS website that can help you understand what has happened, what you might expect as part of your recovery and what support is available to you from the NHS.

If you are concerned about any of your symptoms, you should always seek medical advice from your doctor. They will discuss the support they think you need to help you get better.

Changes to COVID-19 treatments

Health experts have looked at the health conditions which put people at the highest risk from coronavirus.

Some patients in this highest risk group were informed by a letter or email that they may be eligible to receive these treatments, should they test positive for COVID.

If you have received a letter from NHS England about COVID treatments, it means your medical records show that you have, or previously had, one or more of those health conditions, which means that these new treatments might be suitable for you if a test confirms you have COVID. The letter/email that was issued to patients in June 2023 outlined some changes to the way people will access COVID treatments from 27 June 2023.

If you get Covid from Tuesday 27 June 2023:

  • You will no longer be automatically contacted by the NHS about treatments after reporting a positive Covid test result.
  • You should instead contact your GP practice, NHS 111 or hospital specialist as soon as possible after you test positive so that they can consider referring you for an assessment for treatment.

More information is available at: www.nhs.uk/CovidTreatments