Did you know that DWB are working with our partners at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre on an innovative project to learn about Long Covid?
What is Long Covid?
Long Covid is a condition which refers to people who experience symptoms for longer than expected after the initial illness. Most people recover well after 3-10 weeks, but it is believed that one in ten people have experienced symptoms of Long Covid, lasting for months.
Long Covid can affect you in many ways, including extreme tiredness after little activity, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle weakness, difficulties with concentration or memory, or feeling less able to be physically active. You may find Long Covid has affected your ability to undertake day-to-day tasks, manage at home or work, or continue sports. Some people find their symptoms gradually improve over time, others can experience relapses in their symptoms which can be frustrating and disheartening.
Self Care and Long Covid
There are helpful resources on how to manage your recovery from the Long Covid Support website, including videos from AWRC.
What We Know About Long Covid Recovery
We are not yet sure why some people experience Long Covid and others do not; it can affect previously highly fit people as well as those with lower fitness and other conditions.
We are learning about how to support people with Long Covid from early research and from the best practices for other fatigue conditions and post-viral syndromes.
The Long Covid Virtual Clinic with AWRC
It is important to understand more about the ways that people recover from and manage Long Covid. We hope that running a Virtual Clinic will contribute to this knowledge.
If you would like to help with the development of knowledge about Long Covid, you could consider participating in a virtual clinic, where you will meet a group of specialists in medicine, sport medicine and rehabilitation. We will offer you an on-line consultation to understand your needs, and then help to support your recovery.
The Long Covid team have knowledge about helping people recover from Long Covid and other long-term illnesses that cause fatigue. Using our awareness associated with sport and exercise medicine, a multidisciplinary team will seek your participation; helping you to make the first steps to recovery. We will also try to find out from you if this approach is acceptable to you and how it meets your individual needs.
To begin with, we will ask you formally if you are prepared to be involved with the study. If at any point you seem to be unwell or unfit to continue, we will discuss with you further contact with your GP and help you to seek further medical attention. We know that Long Covid can be very challenging for people’s health and wellbeing.
How To Get Involved
If you are interested in taking part, please contact Waqas Hameed, a Darnall Well Being Health and Wellbeing Worker, for an informal chat and to discuss any questions you may have, on 07825290770 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you must be at least 18 and live in Darnall ward to be involved in this research. Other criteria also apply. Please contact Waqas if you have any questions about the research.
We aim to provide advice on management of fatigue, appropriate ways that small changes in lifestyle such as sleep, nutrition and physical activity and pacing activity can help within your daily life.
If you do decide to participate, we are able to offer you a £10 shopping voucher for each virtual session.