Most people with COVID make a full recovery within a few weeks, but some people can take a little longer to recover.
Follow-up after COVID
If you managed COVID at home and have persisting symptoms, your GP should refer you to your nearest post-COVID assessment clinic.
Will I be offered any more support to help my recovery?
Yes, this website will help you understand what might happen as you get better from COVID or if you continue to suffer with problems following COVID. If you are still symptomatic after 12 weeks, we would recommend you have a full assessment at a specialist post-COVID assessment clinic.
If you have long term health problems after COVID, you might get:
- Support for a specific problem from an expert NHS health worker, which could be in person, over the phone or by video call
- Access to a post-COVID rehabilitation programme from your GP surgery or the hospital team – this can include support for a number of different post COVID symptoms – this may be face to face or home-based and may be online or linked with this website
If your GP/healthcare professional cannot pinpoint any other physical reasons for your symptoms then a programme, made up of several types of rehabilitation is usually helpful. This rehabilitation may address: physical problems such as deconditioning and weight loss as well as mental problems such as anxiety, low mood and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as needed.
What is the ‘Your COVID Recovery’ programme?
The Your COVID Recovery (YCR) programme is an online programme that supports you to get better after COVID, which is used in some regions of England.
Healthcare professionals can set up the YCR programme in their service and refer suitable patients on to the programme.
Patients using the programme can contact their local healthcare professionals using an online chat function where they can ask questions about their recovery after COVID.
How can I start the ‘Your COVID Recovery’ online rehabilitation programme’?
A healthcare professional will sign you up to use the programme after doing some tests with you. You will get a code to log in and get started if the healthcare professional thinks the programme will support you to get better. The code is sent by email.
You can ask your:
- Hospital specialist
To find out if the programme is available in your area.