The long-lasting symptoms can affect around one in seven people who test positive for coronavirus, with F1 driver Lewis Hamilton the latest to speak out about the effects in the wake of his third place at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The seven-time world champion complained of suffering with dizziness and fatigue after the race and said he has been fighting to stay healthy since contracting Covid in December last year.
Researchers are still learning about the long-lasting effects, but these are the most common symptoms of long Covid that have been reported so far.
1. Extreme tiredness
Extreme tiredness, also known as fatigue, is listed as “very common after viral infections, such as Covid, and normally settles are two or three weeks” by the NHS. A study by the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, fatigue was listed as the most prevalent long Covid symptom, with 98.3 per cent of respondents listing the symptom.
2. Shortness of breath
According to the study by Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, breathing issues was listed as one of the top three most debilitating symptoms of long Covid by patients, with 2,242 out of 3,762 sufferers reporting issues
3. Chest pain or tightness
The NHS says that “experiences of chest pain after Covid can be worrying, but not usually life threatening”, but you should seek medical attention immediately if you experience sudden chest pain which persists for more than 15 minutes, pain that is associated with nausea or vomiting, sweating or shortness of breath, or pain that is associated with loss of consciousness
4. Problems with memory or concentration
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre study found that 51 per cent of respondents experienced memory issues for at least six months. The NHS says that most people who have had Covid “will recover with no long-term impact on their memory or concentration”.