Long COVID may be a reality for one in ten of us
March 2022

Long Covid may be a reality for one in ten of us

Soaring numbers of cases are resulting in increased attention to long COVID. It’s estimated that about 1 in 10 people will experience at least one COVID symptom more than 12 weeks after their initial diagnosis.  

Long COVID symptoms include: low energy and fatigue, shortness of breath and cough, headaches, low mood, difficulty concentrating (brain fog), ongoing chest paints, racing pulse, aches and pains in muscles, ongoing changes to sense of smell and taste, and poor quality of sleep. People suffering these symptoms are being encouraged to talk to a doctor.

Alongside ongoing international research around effects and treatment, the Ministry of Health is funding a study to assess the long-term effects of COVID-19 on people in New Zealand. Links to further information can be found here