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What is “long COVID”?

Shane Gunaratnam
Life Ready Physio + Pilates Point Cook

“Long COVID” is a common term referring to what in the medical world is known as Post COVID-19 condition. As the name suggests, “long COVID” refers to symptoms that persist from the initial illness or those that develop post-recovery.

Post COVID-19 condition is defined as the illness that occurs in people who have a history of probable or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection; usually within three months from the onset of COVID-19, with symptoms and effects that last for at least two months. The symptoms and effects of post COVID-19 condition cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.” (World Health Organisation, 2021)

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What are the symptoms of long COVID (post COVID-19 condition):

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Persistent cough
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Memory, concentration or sleep problems
  • Trouble speaking
  • Muscle aches
  • Depression or anxiety
    (World Health Organisation, 2021)

What should I do if I think I have long COVID (post COVID-19 condition)?

The first step is always to seek guidance from your local health care practitioner (GP) for an accurate diagnosis.

In later blogs we will discuss the role that physiotherapy and rehabilitation can play in assisting with recovery from post COVID-19 condition.




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