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What you need to know about “Long COVID”

1) What is “Long COVID?”

Long COVID, a.k.a. post-COVID syndrome is a condition where certain symptoms related to covid-19 continue even after your body is free of the virus. These symptoms can continue for 4 weeks to beyond a year after infection. These signs and symptoms cannot be explained by any other condition.

2) What are some signs and symptoms of long COVID?

Long COVID can affect multiple body organs and systems. Here are a few:

  • Fatigue

  • Body and joint pains

  • Poor muscle endurance

  • Muscle weakness

  • Brain fog (loss of concentration and memory)

  • Headaches

  • Shortness of breath

  • Cough

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhoea

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Rapid heart beats

3) How do I know if I have Long COVID?

  1. Your COVID signs and symptoms persist for longer than 4 weeks

  2. You have new symptoms after the start of COVID-19

  3. CONSULTATION with your doctor to assess your condition and to rule out any other condition.

4) What next?

After seeing your doctor, you will discuss possible management, tests and referrals to other health care providers to manage your signs and symptoms.

5) What can you do to help yourself?

  1. Keep a diary of your symptoms

  2. Keep a record of your goals

  3. Join an online support group

  4. Follow the advice of your health care providers


Physiotherapy is vital in recommending, prescribing and monitoring activity to improve your symptoms. Appropriate exercise will improve your range of motion, balance, endurance and strength. Appropriate exercise and other manual techniques, by trained physiotherapists also improve the functioning of your lungs!

Physiotherapists will also be able to quickly recognise a symptom called post-exertional malaise. This is the worsening of symptoms after physical or mental activities.

An activity that is tolerated one day may worsen symptoms the next.

A physiotherapist can closely monitor your response to prescribed exercise and ensure that you are not getting worse.

Our goal is to improve your quality of life through prescribed movement!Dr. Stacy de Gale, PT, DPT, physiotherapist of 21 years, manager of Back In Motion Physical Therapy Services. She also sits on the Executive Board of World Physiotherapy.

She can be contacted at OR 680-9402

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Health Disclaimer:

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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