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Long Covid symptoms "can change unpredictably"

Long Covid symptoms

Friday 09 April 2021

Long Covid symptoms "can change unpredictably"

Those who believe they might have 'Long Covid' are being urged to get a medical check, as more evidence becomes available about how the syndrome can materialise in different ways in different sufferers.

Health & Social Care say that islanders concerned about post-Covid syndrome should speak to their GP.

The syndrome, which is better known as Long Covid, is not thought to be linked to the severity of a Covid-19 infection.

"As more evidence and research becomes available on the long-term effects of Covid-19, islanders who think they might be suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19 should contact their GP," said a statement from the HSC Committee. 

"New or ongoing symptoms can change unpredictably and affect individuals in different ways at different times. The recovery time for individuals after a Covid-19 infection will vary, but for most, their symptoms will have fully resolved by 12 weeks."

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that health professionals should consider that a previous Covid-19 infection is a possible underlying cause of new or ongoing symptoms in people who:

  • are presenting with symptoms 4 to 12 weeks after the start of acute COVID-19 (ongoing symptomatic COVID-19), or;

  • still have symptoms that have not resolved 12 weeks after the start of acute COVID-19 (post COVID syndrome).

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