Covid symptoms can be ongoing

We all assume that if we catch Covid, we might be ill for a week or two but then everything will get back to normal. Alas, it isn’t always like that, and people in our area are struggling to get back to rights after having Covid.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says:

  • An estimated 1.1 million people living in private households in the UK (1.7% of the population) were experiencing self-reported “long COVID” (symptoms persisting for more than four weeks after the first suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) infection that were not explained by something else) as of 5 September 2021; this is up from 970,000 (1.5%) as of 1 August 2021, reflecting increased COVID-19 infection rates in July 2021.

While this is self-diagnosis rather than clinical diagnosis, Covid symptoms seem to hang around long after people are no longer testing positive for the virus. The key symptoms which take a while to disappear are as follows:

  • Fatigue was the most common symptom reported as part of individuals’ experience of long COVID (56% of those with self-reported long COVID), followed by shortness of breath (40%), loss of smell (32%), and difficulty concentrating (31%).

Self-reported ‘long Covid’ is currently highest in 35-69 year olds:

  • As a proportion of the UK population, prevalence of self-reported long COVID was greatest in people aged 35 to 69 years, females, people living in more deprived areas, those working in health or social care, and those with another activity-limiting health condition or disability; compared with the previous month, prevalence of self-reported long COVID was notably higher among young adults aged 17 to 24 years and people working in the hospitality sector.

Help and support is available:

If you are worried about new or ongoing symptoms four or more weeks after having COVID-19, there are resources available to help: see the NHS webpage on the long-term effects of coronavirus and the NHS Your COVID Recovery website, which can help you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

The time it takes to recover from COVID-19 is different for everyone, and the length of your recovery is not necessarily related to the severity of your initial illness or whether you were in hospital.

Meanwhile, for anyone unvaccinated who wishes to be, this is your chance to be vaccinated in Bude at a walk-in clinic.

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