As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we can learn more and more about the potential long-term effects of COVID-19. At times, doctors and patients are discovering the aftereffects of COVID in tandem, but what is becoming increasingly clear is the growing need for post-COVID support.
By now, you may be familiar with the term ‘Long COVID’ which is also known as ‘Post COVID-Syndrome’. To help you make sense of Long COVID, we have provided answers to some common questions.
How long does it take to recover from coronavirus?
After contracting coronavirus, most people will feel better after a few weeks and make a full recovery within 12 weeks but this will vary from person to person.
How long is COVID contagious for?
- The incubation period for COVID-19 can be up to 14 days – And it can therefore take up to 14 days before the virus develops into symptoms.
- Most people are contagious for around 10 days from when they developed COVID-19 symptoms.
- Government guidelines state that this is the period when we should self-isolate. If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started.
If you’re based in Borehamwood, Radlett, Elstree, Shenley, Watford, or Bricket Wood and require support whilst self-isolation or shielding, contact our friendly local team.
What is Long COVID?
For some people, the effects of contracting COVID-19 last much longer after initially falling ill and they continue to experience symptoms. This is known as ‘Long COVID’ or ‘Post-COVID Syndrome’.
What are the symptoms of Long COVID?
It’s difficult to predict Long-COVID as there are several different Long COVID symptoms. People who may have had mild symptoms at the start of COVID-19 can still face long term problems. Symptoms can include:
- Changes to sense of smell/taste
- A high temperature
- Extreme tiredness
- Heart palpitations
- Difficulty sleeping
- Stomach aches
- Loss of appetite
- Joint pain
- Problems with memory
It can be frustrating for someone to experience Long COVID due to their continued symptoms, especially as the longer lasting effects are not fully understood. There are also several mental health effects associated with Long COVID like frustration, fear, and anxiety. For anyone in our local community here in Hertsmere, companionship and support are so important. This is something Right at Home Borehamwood, Radlett & Watford can certainly support with.
If you have LONG Covid, it doesn’t mean you continue to be contagious to others and on the contrary, this is the time you should ensure you have enough people around you to support with all the symptoms.
If you are aware of a loved one suffering from post-COVID symptoms, it would be so very beneficial to reach out and find the right support. If they are based in Borehamwood, Radlett, Shenley, Elstree, Bushey, Bricket Wood or Watford, please do contact us for any advice or support.
Does having Long COVID make you immune to coronavirus?
- Re-infection is uncommon in COVID however it is possible to catch it a second time.
- If the presence of antibodies is too low to fight COVID-19, they may not be enough to guarantee long term immunity.
- The World Health Organisation recommend that everyone should continue to wear a mask if they have contact with other members of a household, whether or not they have had COVID-19. They should continue to regularly wash their hands and keep socially distanced.
What support is available for Long COVID?
It can be frightening & isolating to live with Long COVID and the continued symptoms of COVID-19. Many people would very much benefit from support with normal day-to-day activities.
Here, our trusted team of CareGivers in Radlett, Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey, Bricket Wood and Watford, Right at Home Borehamwood, Radlett & Watford can provide a trusted team of CareGivers, including help with washing, dressing, and grooming. Having a friendly face pop in every day to help with food preparation, or even for a chat, can make a huge difference to someone living alone and suffering with effects of Long COVID.
How can I support someone with Long COVID?
- Everyone needs different amounts of support for Long COVID – It depends on the severity of their symptoms.
- They may need something as simple as support with mobilizing due to aches and pains, or to be taken or accompanied to a medical appointment.
- Simple daily tasks can feel like running a marathon to someone with fatigue and aches and CareGivers can support to maintain a safe and comfortable environment by doing some small and simple tasks.
- Communication for someone suffering with Long COVID can really help a loved one if they are having difficulty in their relationships due to Long COVID and a CareGiver is always there to listen.
For a friend or family to be taking care of someone going through Long COVID, it’s important they take time for themselves in order to rest, and recharge. Respite CareGivers can allow family members to have a break.
Someone I know was hospitalised with COVID-19, what things can they expect when they return from hospital?
- If you or someone you know has returned home from hospital after suffering with COVID-19, it is going to take some time to readjust. It will take time to adjust in a mental, physical, and emotional way. Sometimes people can show symptoms of “Post-Intensive Care Syndrome” (PICS)
- The NHS has created a really informative guide to help offer support to anyone who or knew someone hospitalised as a result of COVID-19.
This includes topics such as ‘self-care’ and ‘helping to understand a hospital stay.’ It covers advice as well as tips on how you can help to support them and yourself with the physical and emotional recovery.
As time goes on, we are hoping to learn more about the long-term effects of COVID-19 and how it can affect someone mentally, physically, and emotionally. We are also hoping to learn the potential effects on the immune system.
For NHS advice on recovery and the long-term effects of COVID, visit the website Your COVID Recovery.
For more information on how we can support you or a loved one at home in Borehamwood, Elstree, Radlett, Bushey, Bricket Wood, Shenley, or Watford please speak to a member of our friendly office team on 020 8092 9994.