The Omicron variant has been found to have a faster recovery time than previous strains of Covid, which is encouraging as cases continue to rise.
However, despite being much milder than variants like Delta, the new variant shares a similarity with other coronavirus strains. It can cause long Covid symptoms in many people
While some people remain completely unaffected after recovering from Covid, others who have been infected have been dealing with side effects or health issues, for months after they’ve recovered from the virus itself.
These long-term symptoms can be both physical or emotional. Here's your full list and a few ways to relieve some of the issues.
Physical symptoms of long-Covid
People suffering from long Covid might feel breathless and fatigued
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While people generally tend to test negative for Covid after 10 days of having the virus, there are a proportion of people who are left with long-term difficulties following the illness.
The severity of these symptoms varies, but many have spoken out about how life-changing the virus' longer-lasting effects can be.
Many recovering Covid patients have reported experiencing the following long-lasting physical problems:
muscle weakness and joint stiffness
extreme tiredness (fatigue) and a lack of energy
weaker physical fitness
loss of appetite and weight loss
lack of sense of smell or taste
stomach problems – this includes heartburn, diarrhoea and vomiting
Mental and emotional symptoms of long-Covid
Insomnia or sudden changes to your moods are among the emotional or mental symptoms of long-Covid
While physical struggles of long-Covid can be tough to live with, mental and emotional effects of the virus can also be debilitating to sufferers.
Some, who suffered from Covid, have reported that the virus affected their mental and emotional wellbeing. The symptoms include:
- sleep problems – which can often develop after being in hospital, where it can be difficult to sleep on Covid wards
problems with mental abilities – such as being forgetful and not being able to remember some events or think clearly
sudden changes in your mood, or depression or anxiety
nightmares or flashbacks
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
confusion or delirium
Ways to relieve long-Covid symptoms
Some people recover from Covid more quickly than others, while it can take others several months to recover completely.
For some symptoms like phlegm build-up, simple techniques like deep breathing can be helpful.
Using this technique can expand your lungs and help clear your phlegm. To do this, make you are comfortable and that your chest and shoulders are relaxed. Then, follow the steps below.
Sit or lie in a comfortable position.
Put one hand on your tummy just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
Take a deep breath through your nose and let your tummy push your hand out. The hand on your tummy should move more than the hand on your chest.
Breathe out through pursed lips like you are whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in and use it to push all the air out.
Do this breathing three to five times. Take your time with each breath.
If you are struggling to cope with your symptoms of Covid, contact your GP or hospital for help.