Dr Jess says: Long COVID is the description for ongoing symptoms that continue for several weeks or months after coronavirus infection. This doesn’t always seem to be related to how bad your symptoms were, although I have definitely seen it more in people who had to go to hospital or had strong symptoms. Fatigue, headaches and feeling run down have been common complaints in many of my patients. 

Approaching COVID-19 like recovery from any other serious illness, like flu or a chest infection, has meant that most of my patients have made a full recovery after we supported their health, nutrition and immune system and in many cases, we used adaptogen herbs. 

Stress, anxiety, and social isolation have led to being out of our normal diet and exercise routines, lowering our health and increasing our susceptibility. We can learn a lot from the traditional Chinese philosophy of immune health. We should all make convalescence after an illness a part of modern life, wherever possible, to give your body the time and support it needs to heal 

what is long COVID?

Obviously, we are all still collectively learning about coronavirus, COVID-19 and its causes, effects and treatments. We all know that some people develop symptoms that are much worse than they are in other people and for a small percentage of people who contract COVID-19, they go on to develop what is being referred to as ‘long COVID’.  

10%1 of patients with COVID-19 report fatigue (tiredness), breathlessness, brain fog and in some cases pain for three weeks or longer after their initial infection. These symptoms have…

references

  1. Whitaker M, Elliott J, Chadeau-Hyam M, Riley S, Darzi A, Cooke G, Ward H, Elliott P. Persistent symptoms following SARS-CoV-2 infection in a random community sample of 508,707 people, REACT-2 long covid. Pre-print, Imperial College London. 2021