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Recovering after COVID-19

It's common to have health symptoms or side effects after having COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Some people have physical problems such as extreme tiredness (fatigue) or muscle pain. Others can experience mood changes or nightmares. Some people have no symptoms or side effects at all.

Symptoms or side effects can depend on how mild or severe your illness from COVID-19 was. It can also depend on if you were in hospital or not.

Getting back to normal after COVID-19 can take some people a few months. But things usually improve over time.

Physical problems after COVID-19

Physical problems you might experience while recovering from COVID-19 include:

Mental and emotional problems after COVID-19

Mental and emotional problems you might experience while recovering from COVID-19 include:

Read advice on minding your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

When to get medical help

Phone your GP or hospital team if you find it difficult to cope with your symptoms. They will give you the support you need and direct you to services.

Many mental health services and organisations provide free online and phone services.

This includes:

  • online counselling and support
  • phone support
  • text support

Read more about mental health supports and services available during COVID-19

Recovery time

Suffering a severe illness and spending time in hospital can be extremely stressful.

Some people recover from COVID-19 quickly and do not need much support. Other people will need more time and help. Your recovery time could depend on the level of treatment you got in hospital.

It can take months to fully recover. Everyone is different. It's important not to compare yourself to others.

Having good and bad days during your recovery is normal. It's OK to feel this way.

Things that might help you to feel a bit better in your recovery include:

  • talk to family, friends or your GP
  • do things you enjoy
  • rest and relax - meditation or mindfulness may help
  • be kind to yourself

No long-term evidence of immunity

Because it is a new virus, there is no long-term evidence that having COVID-19 means you are immune to getting it again.

You may still be:

  • at risk of getting re-infected
  • able to pass the infection to others

Keep following the advice on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Supports and services

Community support is available to help with:

  • collection and delivery of food, essential household items, fuel, and medication
  • social isolation
  • other medical or healthcare needs

Read more about community support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mental health services providing online and phone service are available.

These include:

  • online counselling and support
  • phone support
  • text support

Read more about mental health supports and services during COVID-19

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