Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's Long Covid service

This paper sets out the key elements that underpin our approach to care and support for people with long Covid.


Long COVID relates to people who have "signs and symptoms that develop during or after an infection that is consistent with COVID-19, which continue for more than four weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis"[1].

This is an umbrella term which covers a range of different symptoms. These can overlap, change over time and can affect different systems within the body. Some of the common symptoms include, but are not limited to; fatigue, persisting high temperature, breathlessness, cognitive impairment, generalised pain, and mental health problems.

It is important to recognise that these symptoms can have a significant impact on people's quality of life and are not limited to people who were seriously unwell or hospitalised with, or as a result of, COVID-19. In addition, we recognise that many people living with long COVID may not have had access to community testing for COVID-19 at the time of their initial infection.



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