Long Covid symptoms: Suffering with memory problems and 'brain fog' may persist for weeks


The health body says there are lots of symptoms you can have after a COVID-19 infection. These can include problems with memory and concentration, or “brain fog”. The NHS explains: “Brain fog can feel similar to the effects of sleep deprivation or stress. It’s not the same as dementia and does not mean structural damage to the brain.”

Brain fog is not a medical term but used to describe a range of symptoms including poor concentration, feeling confused and thinking more slowly than usual. Other signs include fuzzy thoughts, forgetfulness, lost words and mental fatigue.

The health body says: “People usually recover from brain fog. You may get similar symptoms after other infections, a minor head injury or during the menopause. Brain fog is also common if you have depression, anxiety or stress.”

It adds: “While recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19), some people experience brain fog. Symptoms may vary and change over time.

“It’s not just people who were hospitalised with coronavirus who can develop brain fog. It’s a common part of long Covid.”

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The British Heart Foundation (BHF) also explains that chest pain is a common symptom of COVID-19.

It says: “Some people are experiencing chest pain that lasts beyond their initial COVID-19 infection, or that starts in the weeks after they’ve had the virus.

“It’s important to remember that even if you have had COVID-19 and are now experiencing chest pain, it may not be related to the virus.

“If you experience any new type of chest pain, it’s important to get medical advice, as chest pain can be a sign of something more serious, like a heart or lung problem.”


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