Long COVID facts and symptoms

VA is on the front line for veterans and non-veterans with a patient-centered holistic approach. This includes the care of patients with Lung COVID. Here’s essential information about signs and symptoms.

If you recognize any of these symptoms, tell your VA healthcare provider.

What is Lung COVID?

Some people may have persistent or new symptoms after COVID-19 that don’t go away or get worse over time. If you have new or worsening symptoms 4-12 weeks after getting COVID-19, you may be suffering from long-term COVID-19.

Man with headacheWho Can Get Lung COVID?

Anyone who has had COVID-19 can develop Lung COVID, no matter how mild or severe their symptoms were. It is currently estimated that 4-7% of those diagnosed with COVID-19 will develop Lung COVID.

My friend was diagnosed with Lung COVID, but their symptoms are completely different from mine. How can that be?

Long COVID affects everyone differently because we all have different medical histories. Because of this, not everyone with Lung COVID will have the same symptoms.

I am a veteran and I think I have Lung COVID. What shall I do?

If you think you may have Lung COVID, contact your healthcare team today for an appointment.

How can I avoid getting Lung COVID?

Unfortunately, the only way to avoid developing Lung COVID is by not getting sick with COVID-19. The best ways to avoid getting sick with COVID-19 are vaccination and masking.

What is VA doing about Lung COVID?

VA caregivers will use a Whole Health approach to care for veterans with Lung COVID. Whole Health focuses on what matters most to the veteran, using all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health professionals and disciplines working together to create a health plan that meets the needs of each individual veteran. Veterans can take their health and well-being into their own hands.

Long COVID symptom checker

This is not a complete list of symptoms and you may have more than one. If you have any of these symptoms, use this list to inform your doctor or healthcare team at your next visit.

  • Altered sense of taste and/or smell
    • No sense of taste or smell
    • Tastes or smells “wrong”
  • Tiredness or tiredness that interferes with daily life
    • Difficulty doing tasks that you used to have no trouble doing, such as playing with your kids, cleaning the house, cooking dinner
  • Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activity
    • Go out
    • Create a crossword puzzle
  • Respiratory Symptoms
    • persistent cough
    • Difficulty catching your breath
  • Heart Symptoms
    • Palpitations, skip beats
    • chestpain
    • palpitations
    • Dizziness
    • Dizziness
    • fall
  • Neurological Symptoms
    • brain fog
    • Difficulty remembering or focusing
    • Memory problems
    • Headache
    • Blurry sight
  • Mental health
    • anxiety
    • Depression
    • Feeling more stressed
    • Difficulty sleeping
  • Digestive Symptoms
    • Stomach ache
    • Constipation

If you have any other new symptoms, share them with your doctor.

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