Long-term effects of COVID-19

National Lockdown restrictions changed on Monday 12 April

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

Long-term effects

Most people will make a full recovery after contracting coronavirus but for some, COVID-19 will have serious long-term effects. You may not know it, but you could have one of many symptoms of what is known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome.

Real life impact


Listen to Alex, a young and healthy man who contracted coronavirus and is dealing with horrible long term health issues. You don't want to be in his position so please keep yourself and others safe by following the rules.

We have more COVID-19 Patient stories that give you an insight into the real life impact of long COVID.


There are many symptoms of Long COVID that affect all parts of the body not just the respiratory system. Some of the possible symptoms are:

  • Fatigue, muscle deconditioning and weakness
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Ongoing breathing difficulties
  • Loss of stamina
  • Difficulty formulating words
  • Visual disturbances
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Increased agitation, impulsivity and disinhibition
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disturbances, insomnia and nightmares

You can download an infographic with more details on how COVID-19 affects different parts of the body.

You can also access other Long COVID assets to be used online or in print on our Play your part resources page.

Where to find help

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms please contact your GP. They can send you for tests to rule out any underlying health condition.

If you are still having symptoms, after this, you may be referred to a Long COVID clinic which will identify services who can offer ongoing advice and support to help manage your symptoms.

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