Most people recover completely from COVID-19 and return to normal health. However it is not uncommon to be feeling symptoms for up to four weeks.
This is not necessarily long COVID-19. It is likely to be your body’s natural response to fighting a viral infection.
You will probably feel fatigued. You might find that you’re sleeping a lot or you may feel unsteady on your feet. Standing for long periods may be difficult. COVID-19 can also affect your ability to concentrate and your memory.
You need to give your body time to heal. Don’t try to do too much.
Rest. Rest. Rest.
This will help you recover faster and may help you avoid getting long COVID. Download this handy tip sheet on managing your symptoms as you recover. Keeping track of your symptoms can also help you identify if they are changing or getting worse over time.
If your symptoms are not going away, stay at home as much as you can, and continue to self-isolate. Talk to your employer about your situation as there may be different levels of support you and your employer can access to help.
You’ll find advice for employers, employees and businesses here.
If your symptoms get worse call your GP, iwi health provider or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
If you or a family member becomes very unwell, has difficulty breathing or feels unsafe, immediately call 111.