Symptoms of Long Covid

Overview of the most common symptoms of Long Covid

Symptoms of Long Covid

Long Covid has a wide spectrum of possible symptoms. The primary symptom of Long Covid is chronic fatigue, characterised by exhaustion and stress intolerance, but a wide range of neurological symptoms (olfactory and gustatory disturbances, headache, memory impairment, poor concentration, difficulty finding words and polyneuropathy) have also been described. Furthermore, there are reports of depressive states, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, dizzy spells and multiple pain states (especially muscle and joint discomfort) as well as other psychosomatic disorders in Long Covid. A pre-existing mental or physical condition may temporarily worsen in some cases.

The most common symptoms of Long Covid

 The most frequent symptoms reported include (but are not limited to) the following:

Respiratory symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Shallow breathing
  • Coughing/tussive irritation

Cardiovascular symptoms:

  • Tightness in the chest
  • Chest pain
  • Cardiac palpitations

General symptoms:

  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Pain

Neurological symptoms:

  • Loss of concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Problems finding words
  • Headache
  • Sleep disorder
  • Peripheral neuropathy symptoms (pins and needles and numbness)
  • Dizziness
  • Delirium (in older age groups)

Gastrointestinal symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Anorexia and reduced appetite (in the elderly)

Musculoskeletal symptoms:

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain

Psychological/psychiatric symptoms:

  • Symptoms of depression
  • Symptoms of anxiety

Ear, nose and throat symptoms:

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


  • Skin rashes