In many cases, recovery from a COVID-19 infection is unfortunately not the end of the health problems caused by the virus (SARS-CoV-2). Indeed, over the course of the coronavirus pandemic it has become clear that a significant proportion of people continue to experience delayed and long-term effects on their health after the acute phase of the illness is over. Symptoms that arise around the time of a COVID-19 infection and are still felt after four weeks are now being described using two largely synonymous terms: Long COVID or Post-COVID (syndrome).
The most common symptoms of this condition, which are wide-ranging and vary in severity, are tiredness, pathological chronic fatigue (see also Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – CFS, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – ME, ME/CFS) and reduced physical performance. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, muscle weakness and neurological problems. Long COVID can occur not only after severe illness, but equally well after minor or symptom-free COVID-19 infections and is currently thought to affect between 10 and 15 per cent of COVID patients.
One common problem is that it can be difficult to distinguish between Long COVID and similar symptoms which may have causes that have nothing to do with a COVID-19 infection. For precise clarification and differentiation of symptoms, a post-COVID check is offered at the Döbling Outpatient Center. There are two versions available, depending on the extent of services required.
For patients experiencing long-term impairment of their physical capabilities after a COVID-19 infection, in many cases a specialized post-COVID rehabilitation program can be helpful. This rehabilitation program is provided by our Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and helps to restore patients’ fitness and quality of life.
- Outpatient Center for Internal Medicine (Post-COVID checks; Döbling Outpatient Center)
- Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Post-COVID rehabilitation)
TIP: We also offer PCR testing as a private service for people WITHOUT symptoms – available at any time of day or night, including weekends.
Information for patients, their accompanying persons and visitors on the protective measures currently in place in our hospital is available at Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).