Long Covid was defined during a BMJ Webinar as ‘not recovering [for] several weeks or months following the start of symptoms that were suggestive of covid’.
Our summary provides more detail. We will update this as further understanding develops and research evidence becomes available.
- Profound fatigue is a common symptom.
- There is a wide range of other symptoms including cough, breathlessness, muscle and body aches, and chest heaviness or pressure, but also skin rashes, palpitations, fever, headache, diarrhoea, and pins and needles.
- It has a relapsing and remitting nature, but the long term course is unknown.
- The aetiology is unclear at present but it is thought to be a multi-system disease, sometimes occurring after a relatively mild acute illness.
- It is estimated that 10% of people experience prolonged illness after Covid-19.
Assessment and initial management
- Management requires a holistic approach.
- This BMJ article and infographic summarises current approaches to assessment and management.
- NICE Covid-19 rapid guideline: managing the long-term effects of Covid-19
Local pathways of care
- As local care pathways are created, we will update accordingly.
- National guidance for post-Covid-19 syndrome assessment clinics