Post Covid Syndrome (Long Covid)

Updated on 26 January 2022

Information for staff on Post Covid Syndrome (Long Covid) and the support available if you have symptoms.

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Post Covid Syndrome (Long Covid) is the term used to describe effects of Covid 19 lasting more than twelve weeks. Symptoms vary but the common ones include:

  • Gross fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Problems sleeping/insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Pins and needles
  • Joint pain
  • Tinnitus and/or earache
  • Nausea, diarrhoea, stomach-ache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes to smell and taste
  • Cough, sore throat, headaches
  • rashes

If any of the symptoms are worrisome to individuals, the first point of contact is the GP who may refer you for blood tests or investigations to rule out any underlying medical issue. Your GP can only treat the symptoms as they present.  Further information can be found at:

Long-term effects of coronavirus (long COVID) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Occupational Health in the University can offer support and advice regarding return to work adjustments to both Manager and employee. This can be arranged through management referral, but part of the standard Covid-19 case handling process is that OH are informed of all staff who test positive. OH then contact the person confidentially to offer support and advice, which can include considerations relating to return to work.

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has produced guidance for employees and managers in relation to Post Covid Syndrome and returning to work.

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