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What is Long Covid?

The World Health Organization defines Long Covid as a condition that:

  • Occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV-2 infection, usually 3 months from the onset of COVID-19.

  • Lasts for at least 2 months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.

  • Has symptoms that impact everyday functioning, fluctuate over time, and may be new in onset following initial recovery from an acute COVID-19 episode or persist from the initial illness.

What are some common Long Covid symptoms?​

  • Post-exertional malaise / post-exertional symptom exacerbation: you may experience a "crash" of crushing fatigue, or a worsening in your symptoms, following physical or mental exertion. This may be immediate or delayed. Some individuals meet criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • Brain fog, including poor attention, concentration, and memory

  • Fatigue

  • Numbness, tingling, and vibrating sensations

  • Heart palpitations

  • Chest pain

  • Fast heartbeat

  • Dizziness & lightheadedness

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and changes in appetite

  • Disrupted sleep

  • Headache & migraine

  • & others

What are some common Long Covid psychiatric symptoms?​

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Panic attacks

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Changes in mood, including but not limited to tearfullness, euphoria, anger/irritability, and flattening of your mood

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