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Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

The NHS have made a new site to support people when recovering from Coronavirus – https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/

If you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

Information for family, friends and carers

Supporting your family member, relative or friend following their COVID illness can be challenging.

You may be providing emotional and physical help in addition to all your other responsibilities.

This can be a very stressful time for you both and we hope the information within the website will give you reassurance and support during their recovery

What happens after a COVID infection?

Clinicians and scientists across the world are working to find out what happens to people as they recover. They are also trying to identify any long term problems that occur. They are trying to work out what treatments work and how to help future disease. During recovery you may be asked to take part in research.

At the time of writing, we do not know exactly what will happen to people as they recover, however, there is a lot of information to help us. We are using knowledge from other countries where the peak of disease was earlier than in the UK. We are also using knowledge from recovery from other types of pneumonia.

Severe COVID disease is defined by the level of respiratory support individuals needed when in hospital. This could be where individuals needed a lot of extra oxygen or a bedside machine to help breathing but were able to breathe for themselves.

It could also be where they were put on a ventilator that breathed for them for a period of time. These patients are looked after on an intensive care unit.

There are known consequences on many aspects of the body when someone needs a ventilator for more than two days.

Other admissions to hospital are currently described as ‘mild to moderate’ COVID disease.

These terms are used as guidelines to help decide what type of clinical follow up care is needed. They may seem rather impersonal and is not a reflection on your experience.

Many people will make a full recovery. It may take weeks to a few months. We expect that some people will have ongoing symptoms of coughbreathlessness, poor or reduced sleepfatigueanxiety and low mood.

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