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Post-COVID-19 Care & Recovery

Support your understanding and management of symptoms as you recover from COVID-19.
Most people with COVID-19 recover within two weeks. But, some people can take twelve weeks or more to feel better.

This page includes fact sheets, links to external websites and other material that may support your understanding and management of your COVID-19 recovery.

The Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network creates resources specific to COVID-19 recovery and symptom management


Learn about the Post-COVID-19 recovery clinics, the network, what we know about COVID-19 and how you can help your recovery. We encourage those with post-COVID symptoms to go slow, reduce screen-time where possible, and take breaks.‎


Clinic orientation

Part 1: I had COVID-19 and I’m not back to my usual self – Reviews symptoms that can linger after COVID-19, how this affects you and what supports are available.

Part 2: What is the Post-COVID-19 Recovery Clinic and what can I expect? – An overview of the clinics and ways the network can support you, even if you don’t come into a clinic. Making important medical decisions, navigating financial and legal issues are common tasks when dealing with a serious health issue or unanticipated event and are a source of great stress for many people. This module discusses advance care and financial planning and reviews tools and steps to consider when dealing with this very important topic. 

Part 3: Understanding your post-COVID-19 symptoms – Learn about common symptoms and how to identify patterns that may be making your symptoms worse.

Brain fog

Brain Fog after Covid-19 

This video explains what is known about brain fog after COVID-19 and outlines tools and strategies to manage and reduce symptoms. 


Breathlessness

Part 1: What we know about breathlessness post-COVID-19 – Explains breathlessness after COVID-19 infection and how to manage it.


Part 2: Breathing techniques to manage breathlessness after COVID-19 – Reviews how to assess and improve your breathing and provides breathing techniques help manage your symptoms.


Part 3: Physical activity and exercises to manage breathlessness after COVID-19 – Outlines how physical activity can help you manage breathlessness, plus additional breathing exercises and resources.


Fatigue

Fatigue after COVID-19 Infection

This video explains how some individuals experience significant fatigue after COVID-19 infection. Fatigue is an overwhelming sense of exhaustion that can make it harder for you to complete your activities of daily life. This video outlines the symptoms of Post COVID-19 fatigue, and gives tips on how to pace yourself, conserve energy, and minimize symptoms as you recover.


This video outlines the symptoms of Post COVID-19 fatigue, and gives tips on how to pace yourself, conserve energy, and minimize symptoms as you recover.”


COVID-19 and the heart

COVID-19 and the Heart

Chest Pain, Palpitations, Dizziness, and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) after COVID-19 - Explains chest pain, palpitations, dizziness and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) after COVID-19 infection - outlining what may cause these symptoms, and when to seek medical help.

Headaches

Part 1: What we know about headaches post-COVID-19 – Explains headaches that can linger after COVID-19 infection, how they affect you and how to manage them.

Part 2: How to prevent headaches post-COVID-19 – Reviews tips for preventing headaches and tools to manage them.

Part 3: Tips & tools to deal with headaches post-COVID-19 – Offers additional tips for preventing headaches and more tools to manage them.

Post-exertional malaise 

What we know about post-exertional malaise after COVID-19 – Explains symptoms of post-exertional malaise (PEM)  after COVID-19 infection and how to manage them.

Mental health

Part 1: Stress, worry and anxiety post COVID-19 – Describes the impacts of COVID-19 infection on your mental health and strategies to help you cope with symptoms.

Part 2: Low mood and depressive thinking post COVID-19 – Explains how to recognize the signs of low mood and depressive thinking and how to tackle them.

Part 3: Stigma, prejudice, discrimination and social isolation after COVID-19 – Outlines how stigma, prejudice, discrimination and social isolation can impact health and mental health outcomes, especially for those recovering from COVID-19 infection.

Returning to work

Returning to Work

Discusses returning to work after an illness. This module reviews how to assess if you are ready, steps to take, and explores tips for a successful and sustained return to work plan.


Advance care and financial planning

Advanced Care and Financial Planning

Making important medical decisions, navigating financial and legal issues are common tasks when dealing with a serious health issue or unanticipated event and are a source of great stress for many people.  This module discusses advance care and financial planning and reviews tools and steps to consider when dealing with this very important topic. 


Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control for information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus.

Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).


Hospitalized with COVID-19 in Vancouver Coastal Health or Providence Health Care? We want to share your story with the healthcare teams that cared for you!

Update January 4, 2022: Due to changes in B.C.'s COVID-19 testing guidelines, the PC-ICCN will be reviewing eligibility requirements for the Post-COVID Clinics to ensure continued equitable access to care for patients who continue to experience symptoms longer than 3 months.

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