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What are the Symptoms of Long Covid?

Respiratory symptoms

  • Breathlessness

  • Cough


Heart and circulation symptoms 

  • Chest pains

  • Chest tightness

  • Palpitations

Neurological symptoms

  • Brain fog (a loss of clarity of thinking, often associated with poor concentration)

  • Headache

  • Poor sleep quality

  • Pins and needles, and numbness

  • Dizziness

  • Sudden confusion (delirium) particularly in older people

  • Mobility impairment

  • Visual disturbance

Gastric and Bowel symptoms 

  • Abdominal pain

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhoea

  • Weight loss and reduced appetite

Joints and muscles symptoms

  • Muscle and joint pain


Mental health symptoms 

  • Depression - Low mood, poor sleep, lack of concentration and feeling helpless

  • Anxiety - feeling on edge, excessive worry and difficulties sleeping

  • Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, especially in people with more severe coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms that needed intensive care in hospital

Ear, nose and throat symptoms 

  • Loss of taste

  • Loss of sense of smell

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

  • Earache

  • Sore throat

  • Dizziness

Skin symptoms 

  • Skin rashes

  • Hair loss

For further information - NHS Inform 2022

Subramanian et al (2022) reported the following symptoms in a recent study.


Sexual Health symptoms

  • Loss of libido

  • Vaginal discharge

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Ejaculation problems

  • Menorrhagia

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