Covid Scotland: The Omicron symptoms that can last months after infection
Since its surge across the country, the Omicron Covid variant has been found to be slightly less severe than previous strains - but more infectious.
Reporting a slightly faster recovery time, the new variant has also seen both the Scottish and UK Government reduce the self-isolation period from 10 to seven days if you have two negative tests.
However, despite being generally milder to those who have been vaccinated, the Omicron strain is still coronavirus, meaning it does run the risk of Long Covid.
With many being affected by the condition since the beginning of the pandemic, some are still dealing with side effects and symptoms for weeks or even months.
According to the Mirror, the list of reported symptoms from those who have experienced Long Covid is extensive, with patients reporting both physical, mental and emotional issues.
Here's your full list and a few ways to relieve some of the issues.
Physical symptoms of long-Covid
People suffering from long Covid might feel breathless and fatigued.
While people generally tend to test negative for Covid after 10 days of having the virus, there are a proportion of people who are left with long-term difficulties following the illness.
The severity of these symptoms varies, but many have spoken out about how life-changing the virus' longer-lasting effects can be.
Many recovering Covid patients have reported experiencing the following long-lasting physical problems:
muscle weakness and joint stiffness
extreme tiredness (fatigue) and a lack of energy
weaker physical fitness
loss of appetite and weight loss
lack of sense of smell or taste
stomach problems - this includes heartburn, diarrhoea and vomiting
Mental and emotional symptoms of long-Covid
Insomnia or sudden changes to your moods are among the emotional or mental symptoms of long-Covid.
While physical struggles of long-Covid can be tough to live with, mental and emotional effects of the virus can also be debilitating to sufferers.
Some, who suffered from Covid, have reported that the virus affected their mental and emotional wellbeing. The symptoms include:
- sleep problems – which can often develop after being in hospital, where it can be difficult to sleep on Covid wards
problems with mental abilities – such as being forgetful and not being able to remember some events or think clearly
sudden changes in your mood, or depression or anxiety
nightmares or flashbacks
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
confusion or delirium
Ways to relieve long-Covid symptoms
Some people recover from Covid more quickly than others, while it can take others several months to recover completely.
For some symptoms like phlegm build-up, simple techniques like deep breathing can be helpful.
Using this technique can expand your lungs and help clear your phlegm. To do this, make you are comfortable and that your chest and shoulders are relaxed. Then, follow the steps below.
Sit or lie in a comfortable position.
Put one hand on your tummy just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
Take a deep breath through your nose and let your tummy push your hand out. The hand on your tummy should move more than the hand on your chest.
Breathe out through pursed lips like you are whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in and use it to push all the air out.
Do this breathing three to five times. Take your time with each breath.
If you are struggling to cope with your symptoms of Covid, contact your GP or hospital for help.