The terms described below to define the effects of COVID-19 at different time points. These definitions will be continuously reviewed as evidence emerges and we begin to understand more about the long-term effects of COVID-19.
COVID-19 presents with a range of symptoms of varying severity.
Some people infected with the disease will experience no symptoms.
Common symptoms are:
Symptoms that you could experience with COVID, but could also be a sign of other health issues:
Some people, particularly those who are older and immunocompromised,
can experience uncommon symptoms such as delirium and reduced mobility,
without having a fever.
Symptoms can vary, most commonly including psychiatric problems, generalised pain, fatigue, persisting fever, and affecting the following systems:
In addition to psychiatric problems, generalised pain, fatigue and persisting fever.
People usually experience multiple symptoms at one time, which can fluctuate and change over time and can affect any system in the body.
Long COVID (Post-COVID-19 syndrome) may be considered before 12 weeks while the possibility of an alternative underlying disease is also being assessed.