Frequently Asked Qusetions:
Q: What is Long Covid?
A: Long Covid is described as symptoms of COVID-19 that are persistent beyond 12 weeks of initial infection. Studies show that up to 35% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 have persistent symptoms. The most common symptoms include fatigue, “brain fog”, shortness of breath, cough, chest pain and headache.
Q: How long will my symptoms last for?
A: Unfortunately, the long-term impact of COVID-19 is not yet well understood. There is no evidence suggesting a timeframe in which symptoms will resolve.
Q: Are there any treatments that can help with symptoms?
A: Again, there is not yet enough evidence to demonstrate any one treatment for Long Covid. If you are experiencing persistent symptoms after a COVID-19 infection, book an appointment to see your family doctor. They may recommend bronchodilators or pulmonary rehabilitation for those with persistent breathing impairment.
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Helpful Tips for Long Covid & Fatigue
- Pace yourself throughout the day to conserve energy, take frequent breaks as needed.
- Prioritize tasks by location to avoid backtracking
- Use of assistance tools such as shoehorns or grab bars to maintain independence with tasks
- Take note of when in the day you have the most energy. Try to schedule errands or larger tasks during that time.
- Schedule your rest time. Give yourself permission to relax and recover
- Despite fatigue or lack of appetite, try to maintain proper nutrition. Try to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. If prescribed, administer bronchodilators before eating.
- Strengthen muscles of breathing using our video