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When will I get back to normal?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of Long COVID, you’re likely wondering how long it will take you to feel back to normal. It’s important to remember recovery is different for everyone. On this page, you can read about getting back to normal after having Long COVID.

How long it takes to recover from coronavirus is different for everyone. You might find you make a full recovery within 12 weeks, but you might find that your symptoms last a lot longer. There doesn’t seem to be a link between how unwell your COVID-19 infection made you and the chances of you having long-term symptoms. Some people also find that their symptoms feel better on some days and worse on others.

What symptoms you have and how you’re affected will be different from other people. Everyone’s recovery will be different and there’s no way to predict how fast you’ll be able to get back to normal.

You might find it helpful to bear these tips in mind during your recovery:

  • It’s important not to expect too much from yourself as you recover.
  • Build up your fitness and your confidence.
  • Set yourself targets so that you can see little bits of progress each day.

Doing too much too soon could set your recovery back, so it’s important to listen to your body. It’ll tell you if it’s tired or in pain, so rest when you need to and be prepared to work your way back to fitness gradually. The charity ICU Steps has lots of information to support you if you’ve been in intensive care with COVID-19.


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