What is Long Covid?
Long Covid is a term created by patients to describe the prolonged, fluctuating symptoms following Covid-19. It is also known as post Covid-19 syndrome, post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PACS), or post Covid condition.
Symptoms lasting 4 weeks or more after suspected or known Covid-19 may be Long Covid.
You can have Long Covid after a mild or even symptom-free initial illness.
Symptoms may continue on from the initial illness, or appear weeks or months later after having seemingly recovered.
Symptoms can affect any part of the body, can come and go, or new ones may appear weeks or months later.
People of all ages and previous levels of health and fitness are at risk of experiencing the life-changing effects of Long Covid - including children and adolescents.
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Long Covid has over 200 symptoms spanning 10 organ systems. (Davis et al., 2021 doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2021.101019)
Reinfection caused worsening of at least some Long Covid symptoms in 80% of survey respondents.
Though Long Covid recovery/remission is possible, 60% got it again following reinfection (longcovid.org/images/Documents/Reinfections_in_Long_Covid_Survey_Report_by_Long_Covid_Support_and_Long_Covid_Kids_080922.pdf)