What is Long Covid?

Post-COVID-19 condition occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, usually 3 months from the onset of COVID-19 with symptoms that last for at least 2 months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.

-from the WHO

More information

Testing

There currently is not a single test to prove that you have Long Covid. For me, this has been a long trial and elimination process. 

Treatment

As of now, there currently is not a treatment for Long Covid. There are ways to learn to manage symptoms though.

Support

A lot of people are now dealing this, there is a great support system out there if that is what you are looking for. I share my experiences on TikTok under Katelyn_LongCovid

Symptoms (200+)

Post-COVID conditions may not affect everyone the same way. People with post-COVID conditions may experience health problems from different types and combinations of symptoms happening over different lengths of time. Most patients’ symptoms slowly improve with time. However, for some people, post-COVID conditions may last months, and potentially years, after COVID-19 illness and may sometimes result in disability.

People who experience post-COVID conditions most commonly report:

General symptoms

  • Tiredness or fatigue that interferes with daily life

  • Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental effort (also known as “post-exertional malaise”)

  • Fever

Respiratory and heart symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Cough

  • Chest pain

  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)

Neurological symptoms

  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)

  • Headache

  • Sleep problems

  • Dizziness when you stand up (lightheadedness)

  • Pins-and-needles feelings

  • Change in smell or taste

  • Depression or anxiety

Digestive symptoms

  • Diarrhea

  • Stomach pain

Other symptoms

  • Joint or muscle pain

  • Rash

  • Changes in menstrual cycles

-From the CDC