Shared Verified: What is long COVID?

For some people, the symptoms of COVID-19 can last for weeks or even months. The long-term effects can range from ongoing fatigue and breathlessness, to serious complications including neurological symptoms.

Doctors and scientists are continuing to study the long-term consequences of the virus and there’s not yet any definitive information about who is likely to suffer these long-term effects, but it’s clear that young and healthy people can be affected. 

Verified spoke to Dr Nisreen Alwan, Associate Professor in Public Health for Medicine at the University of Southampton. Dr Alwan has been dealing with ongoing symptoms of COVID-19 since she contracted the virus back in March and has been campaigning for greater recognition of the condition.

Dr Alwan explains that as well as the significant impact on people’s physical health, long COVID also takes its toll on mental health, as anxiety can build as the symptoms continue to appear.

COVID-19 continues to be a significant threat to all of us. Stay safe by wearing a mask, physically distancing from those outside your household, and washing hands regularly.

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