What is Long COVID?
Long COVID may also be called post-COVID conditions, long-haul COVID, and post-acute COVID. Long COVID refers to a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing symptoms four or more weeks after first being infected with COVID-19. Long COVID can occur even if you did not have symptoms with initial infection.
Who can get Long COVID?
Any child or adult who was previously infected with COVID-19 can experience long-term effects from COVID-19, although it appears to be less common in children and adolescents. Research continues to better understand how many people infected with COVID-19 will go on to have Long COVID.
Why should I care about Long COVID?
Doctors and public health officials are still learning about the long-term effects of COVID-19. Long COVID has been shown to have a significant impact on people’s health and quality of life months after initial infection.
What are some of the effects of Long COVID?
The most commonly reported persistent symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities (also known as post-exertional malaise)
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)
- Chest or stomach pain
- Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
- Joint or muscle pain
- Pins-and-needles feeling
- Sleep problems
- Dizziness on standing (lightheadedness)
- Mood changes
- Change in smell or taste
- Changes in menstrual period cycles
How can I get help if I am struggling with Long COVID?
Long COVID can be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn more at http://ow.ly/97eG50FLf8M.
NY Project Hope offers support for those who have COVID or are experiencing Long COVID, including online support groups. Learn more at https://nyprojecthope.org
WMC Health Post-COVID Recovery Program offers patients a tailored Post-COVID-19 treatment plan led by expert providers. Learn more at: www.westchestermedicalcenter.org/wmchealthpostcovid19recoveryprogram
How can I prevent Long COVID?
The best way to prevent Long COVID is to get the COVID-19 vaccine. To find vaccine providers near you, please visit vaccines.gov
Last reviewed: August 2, 2022