Signs and symptoms of long COVID

There are many different signs and symptoms of long COVID. Your symptoms may change over time. The most common symptoms include:

Breathing (respiratory symptoms)
  • breathlessness
  • cough
Heart and circulation (cardiovasular symptoms)
Brain (neurological symptoms)
  • 'brain fog’, loss of concentration, or memory issues (cognitive impairment)
  • headache
  • broken sleep
  • pins and needles, and numbness (peripheral neuropathy symptoms)
  • dizziness
  • sudden confusion (delirium) particularly in older people
Digestive system (gastrointestinal symptoms)
  • abdominal pain
  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • diarrhoea
  • reduced appetite (especially in older people)
Joints and muscles (musculoskeletal symptoms)
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
Mental health (psychological/psychiatric symptoms)
  • symptoms of depression for example low mood, poor sleep, lack of concentration and feeling helpless
  • symptoms of anxiety
Ear, nose and throat symptoms
  • loss of taste and/or smell
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • earache
  • sore throat
  • dizziness
Skin (dermatological symptoms)
  • skin rashes

Other general symptoms can include fatigue, fever and pain.

Managing your symptoms

Non-urgent advice: Contact your GP practice if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • your symptoms are getting worse

The team within your GP practice can provide advice.

Further information about assessing your symptoms

Further information about managing:

Support available

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland's Advice Line nurses provide confidential advice, support and information to help people living with long COVID, or their family members.

To contact the Advice Line nurses: