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Many people experiencing an acute COVID-19 infection will feel better within a few weeks of infection, however some people, including children and young people, have symptoms for longer.
It is not related to the severity of the acute infection and can affect those who have had mild acute illness.
The symptoms of Long Covid can include, but are not limited to:
- Fatigue including post-exertional symptom exacerbation
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle aches, joint and nerve pain
- Breathlessness and persistent cough
- Heart palpitations
- Autonomic system disturbances
- Sleep difficulties / disturbance
- Sensory issues
- Abdominal pain and gastrointestinal issues
- Loss of taste and smell affecting motivation to eat
- Brain fog affecting concentration and memory
- Depression and anxiety
Long Covid can affect children and young people as well as adults, and for some children and young people experiencing these issues physiotherapy can be useful in managing their symptoms and helping their recovery.
NHS England have commissioned fourteen specialist hubs which have been established across England to provide expert advice and support to local services supporting children, young people and their families with Long Covid. Models of service delivery vary nationally, and it is advised that you contact your nearest hub to enquire about services in your region.
More details about commissioning of post covid services can be found here
Recognising the uncertainties in managing a new and emerging condition with a currently limited evidence base, the APCP have collaborated with the CSP and members of the Long Covid Kids community to develop Professional Guidance for Physiotherapists Working with Children and Young People with Long COVID.