Long Covid Effects & What Can Be Done
By Dr N J Muttucumaru, Owner & Clinical Lead
It’s wonderful to be able to see the country reopening and to be able to slowly get back to doing the things we could not do during the pandemic.
But for many people who have suffered from Coronavirus, the effects have not just disappeared as Government restrictions have lifted, because they have experienced what has now become known as ‘long Covid.’
The first thing I would say to anyone who is experiencing long Covid is that you are not alone. According to ONS stats more than a million people in the UK are suffering from long Covid.
While for many the effects of Coronavirus often fade after a few days or weeks, for others that is not the case, and as more research is carried out, it is clear the condition is a common one.
A wide range of symptoms can be experienced by those suffering from long Covid. Tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches, fever and chest tightness are common, but sufferers can also experience other physical symptoms such dizziness, stomach upsets, earache and joint pain.
So what can be done to help those battling long Covid?
I would suggest those who suspect they may have the condition initially contact your GP, who will arrange an appointment where your symptoms will be assessed. This assessment could include blood tests, chest x-rays and checking your blood pressure and heart rate.
Your GP will do all they can to assist, but if they feel you need additional more specialist help, there are services for long Covid patients provided by the local acute trust and you will be referred on to these if you meet the criteria. There are currently 69 long Covid clinics across the country and possibly more will be needed.
It is important to bear in mind however that long Covid is a new phenomenon and therefore research and treatments are still at an early stage and the whole medical profession is learning as we go along.
However, the good news is that we are learning fast and many dedicated medical professionals are working hard to develop better and more effective treatments aimed at helping those with long Covid get back to a normal life as quickly as possible.
There is a special section of the NHS website where you can learn more about long Covid and how to deal with it.
Visit this link: www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
And rest assured, at Buckshaw Village Surgery we are keeping tabs on the situation on a daily basis and will advise our patients as soon as there are any developments with regard to long Covid treatment.