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What you need to know


What is long COVID?

Everyone’s experience of long COVID is different. The World Health Organization has recorded over 200 different long COVID symptoms. Everyone’s individual circumstances will vary. The best way to manage long COVID is to work with a healthcare professional to develop a tailored management plan to help your recovery.

Long COVID is caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and is a chronic health condition that lasts at least 3 months in duration. It is a new and complex illness that patients and healthcare professionals are beginning to better understand. Long COVID can impact many organs of the body and affects everyone differently. For some people it may cause symptoms such as breathlessness, cough, hoarse voice and fatigue whereas other people may experience memory or thinking problems (often referred to as “brain fog”).

Regardless of specific symptoms, long COVID often affects a person’s ability to perform their usual activities day to day and live their life as they normally would. Symptoms may be mild, moderate, or so severe that the person is unable to work or study.

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When you have long COVID you can’t exactly avoid the crashes, the thing that does change is how severe they are and the quality of life you get in between. Pacing gives me a quality of life that I didn’t have before and allows me to do things I enjoy – like gardening.”
– Lisa, TAS resident living with long COVID.

Common signs and symptoms of long COVID





Brain Fog

Cardiac (heart) symptoms



Emotional wellbeing


Gastrointestinal symptoms

Symptoms and management tips
Visit our symptoms and management tips page for more information.
Please visit our COVID section for information about acute COVID-19.