Signs of “Long Covid”

How to detect Long Covid

Signs of Long Covid

Long Covid has many possible symptoms. The primary symptom of Long Covid is chronic fatigue, which is tiredness accompanied by a low tolerance of physical exertion. Patients also often describe respiratory problems, such as shortness of breath or a cough, as well as various other pains, e.g. chest, muscle and joint pain, nausea, diarrhoea or pain in the ear, nose and throat area. Patients also mention a variety of neurological symptoms, such as impaired smell and taste, headaches, memory problems, lack of concentration and difficulties finding words. Other symptoms mentioned are depression, anxiety, insomnia and dizziness.

The most common symptoms of Long Covid

The most commonly reported symptoms of Long Covid syndrome include (but are not limited to) the following:

Symptoms affecting breathing

  • Shortness of breath
  • Shallow breathing
  • Cough / a need to cough

Symptoms affecting the heart and circulation system

  • Tightness in the chest
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations

Neurological symptoms

  • Loss of concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Problems finding words
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion (in older age groups)

General symptoms

  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Pain

Symptoms affecting stomach and digestive system

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of or reduced appetite (in the elderly)

Symptoms affecting the muscles and bones

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain

Psychological/psychiatric symptoms

  • Symptoms of depression
  • Symptoms of anxiety

Symptoms affecting the skin

  • Skin rashes

Ear, nose and throat symptoms

  • Tinnitus
  • Earache
  • Sore throat
  • Dizziness
  • Loss/change of taste and / or smell