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In addition, of people with self-reported long Covid, 422,000 (24 percent) first had (or suspected they had) the virus less than 12 weeks previously, 1.2 million people (69 percent) at least 12 weeks previously, 784,000 (45 percent) at least one year previously and 74,000 (four percent) at least two years previously.
The list of possible long Covid symptoms seems to be evolving over time, but fatigue continued to be the most common symptom closely followed by shortness of breath, loss of smell and muscle ache.
Other possible symptoms of long Covid can include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Anxiety and depression
- Heart palpitations
- Chest tightness or pain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Not being able to think straight or focus (brain fog)
- Change to your sense of smell or taste
- Persistent cough.
“As I sat there month after month after month with the energy not coming back and no taste. I couldn’t drink my favourite fine wine, only cheap wine… It made me realise that if you have good health then you have a wealth.