Most people with COVID-19 feel better within a few days or weeks of their first symptoms and make a full recovery within 12 weeks. For some people, symptoms can last longer.

This is called long COVID or post COVID-19 syndrome. Long COVID does not always go away, it is a condition that needs assessment and treatment. It is important for you to seek help if you need it.

What is long COVID?

The amount of time it takes to recover from COVID-19 will be different for everybody. People who only have mild symptoms can still have long-term problems. You don’t need to have had a positive COVID-19 test either, because we know some people had COVID-19 without a positive test.

Symptoms to be aware of

The most common symptoms of long COVID are:

  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • feeling short of breath
  • problems with your memory and concentration ("brain fog")
  • muscle aches

However, there are lots of symptoms you can have after a COVID-19 infection, including:

  • chest pain or tightness
  • difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • heart palpitations

For more information about long Covid


Long COVID services are available via GP referral across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Your GP will need to carry out three diagnostic tests:

  • ECG
  • Chest x-ray
  • Full bloods

Your GP will refer you to a long Covid service locally if you are displaying the symptoms. Even if you are only showing mild symptoms, still speak to your GP for advice.

You will be asked about your symptoms and the impact they're having on your life.