Healthcare professionals think that whether you develop long COVID is not linked to how severe your COVID-19 was (including whether you were in hospital). Your healthcare professional will give you advice and information on:
• what to expect during your recovery
• symptoms to look out for that would mean you need to be seen again by a healthcare professional
• who to contact if you are worried about:
- any new, continuing or worsening symptoms
- difficulties with everyday activities and routines, including concerns about time off work or education
- symptoms that go on for longer than four weeks after the start of your infection, and how to self-manage your symptoms.
If you are concerned that you still have symptoms or have new symptoms four weeks after the start of COVID-19, you should speak to your healthcare professional.
Your healthcare professional will do the following:
• Offer you a consultation appointment.
• Give you information in a format or language you can understand to help you take part in decisions about your care.
If you do not receive information in a format or language you can understand, you can ask for it.
During your recovery, you will be given a choice to have appointments by telephone, video or in person (where this is possible).
Healthcare professionals do not know if vaccines have any effect on the ongoing symptoms of COVID-19. But your healthcare professional will talk to you about the importance of having them. Vaccines can help to reduce the risk of further infection. You will be given information on who can get a COVID-19 vaccine, how well vaccines work and how safe they are.
You can find more information here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronaviruscovid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/