Post-COVID-19 Recovery (Long COVID)

This page is updated as needed, last updated on 5/12/22.

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After COVID-19 illness, some people have had returning illnesses, recurring health problems, or a range of new symptoms four or more weeks after having the COVID-19 infection. This is referred to as post-COVID conditions, long COVID, or other names. Also, people with these conditions are sometimes called "long-haulers." As of July 2021, "long COVID" is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Anyone who had COVID-19 can develop post-COVID conditions, including people who had COVID-19 with no symptoms or very mild symptoms. It can happen to people in any age group.

On this page, you will find symptoms of post-COVID conditions, ways to prevent them, and available resources.

Symptoms of Post-COVID Conditions

Symptoms of post-COVID conditions can differ dramatically from person-to-person, but may include one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities (also known as post-exertional malaise)
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as "brain fog")
  • Cough
  • Chest or stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Pins-and-needles feeling
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleep problems
  • Fever
  • Dizziness on standing (lightheadedness)
  • Rash
  • Mood changes, anxiety, depression
  • Change in sense of smell or taste
  • Changes in menstrual period cycles

If you are experiencing symptoms of long COVID, please first contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider and would like to get connected to one, call 2-1-1. If you have serious symptoms, like difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1.

Prevention of Post-COVID Conditions

The best way to prevent long COVID is by taking precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 infection. This includes getting the primary COVID-19 vaccine series, additional dose (if immunocompromised) and booster dosewearing a face mask that has good fit and filtration, like an N95, KF94, or KN95; and keeping distance from others, who are not household members.

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