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Recovering from COVID-19 is different for everyone, no matter your age, your health before you had COVID-19, or how sick you were with the virus.
Some people have physical symptoms and mental health concerns that last for weeks or months after they no longer have COVID-19. This may be called long COVID or post-COVID-19 syndrome. Long COVID is when you still have symptoms more than 12 weeks after you were first diagnosed with COVID-19.
Recovering from COVID-19 is different for everyone, no matter your age or your health. Some people feel better in a few days or weeks. For others, it may take months or longer.
Research about long COVID is happening. We are learning more about it all the time. The information here reflects what we know now, and it is reviewed regularly.
Everyone’s experience is different. There are over 100 known symptoms of long COVID. Symptoms may come and go and change over time. Some of the most common symptoms of long COVID in adults are:
The most common symptoms in children are:
The following resources can help you learn more about long COVID and get health information and support as you recover:
Everyone recovers from COVID-19 differently. Most people can manage their symptoms themselves. But for some people the symptoms can be disabling and disrupt their daily lives. It’s important to contact your healthcare provider if you:
If you’re having a medical emergency, call 911 right away. This includes:
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=custom.ab_covid19_longcovid_inst
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
For questions about managing long-COVID, call the Rehabilitation Advice Line at 1-833-379-0563.
Current as of: August 14, 2023
Author: Neurosciences, Rehabilitation and Vision SCN, Alberta Health Services
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