There are other ways an infection with Covid-19 may be affecting you, or someone you know.

What is Long COVID? 

“It is estimated that one in 10 people have ongoing symptoms from the time they initially become unwell with the virus, for 12 weeks or longer. Long COVID is diagnosed when these lasting symptoms cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis. Symptoms can vary a lot, fluctuate over time and may have an impact on your ability to do your day-to-day activities. Being diagnosed with Long COVID does not seem to be linked to how ill you were when you first got the virus. As this is a new condition, lots of research is being done to better understand what causes it and how to help people living with it.”

Common symptoms include:

• extreme tiredness • depression and anxiety • breathlessness • fast heart beat • widespread pain • chest pain or tightness • changes in taste and smell • changes in sleep/difficulty sleeping • pins and needles • difficulty concentrating and memory (“brain fog”)

At Hackney Cypriot Association we are running a project with CoRe, Hackney Giving, and NHS Homerton Healthcare to help identify possible instances of Long Covid in our community and advise people on the next steps they can take to get better.

Get in touch with us and book a 1-1 appointment if you are concerned about Long Covid and would like to chat.