What is long covid?
The NHS says that most people will recover from Covid within 4 weeks. Some people will have symptoms for longer, 4-12 weeks, the NHS calls this; ongoing symptomatic Covid.
The NHS defines long Covid as the persistence of symptoms 12 weeks after the initial infection. They call it Post-Covid syndrome.
How many people are affected?
The Office of National Statistics found that 1.1 million people were experiencing self reported long Covid symptoms in September 2021. It is likely that the actual numbers are very much higher as many will not be reported, either by patients or professionals or they will be put down to something else such as anxiety or a pre existing condition.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms are fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, ‘brain fog’, heart palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus, joint and muscle pain, rashes, nausea, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and taste changes. But there are many more symptoms experienced that can seem very random and unrelated and these can change even within the same person over time.
How can diet help?
Diet can be tailored to each individual symptom and associated conditions.
Symptoms where diet can be helpful;
Taste loss/changes, gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and diarrhoea, loss of appetite/ weight loss, weight gain, fatigue.
Associated conditions where diet can be helpful;
Postural tachycardia syndrome/dysautonomia, mast cell activation syndrome, allergies and intolerances.
Can diet cure long Covid?
No, unfortunately not, while diet can improve and help to manage some symptoms, it can’t cure long Covid.