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 long COVID
If you are managing long COVID at home and still have health problems you may need treatment at a hospital or a local post-COVID Clinic. You should speak to your GP for advice.
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 persisting symptoms after COVID, you may need support to help facilitate your recovery:
- If your symptoms are mild, your GP or primary care team may be able to offer simple advice on rehabilitation
- If your symptoms are more complex or severe, particularly if they last more than 12 weeks, you may need an assessment in a specialist post-COVID clinic
- The clinic will review and identify any physical problems that might be adding to your symptoms
- These may or may not be related to your COVID infection and should be addressed by the appropriate specialist service
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’ web rehabilitation 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 onto 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.