Long COVID Information & Resources

A COVID-19 infection can result in long lasting symptoms such as breathing difficulties or feeling short-of-breath, loss of smell and taste, brain fog, and fatigue. These long lasting symptoms have been termed “long COVID-19” and can have an impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. It can also affect family, friends, and caregivers of people who had COVID-19.

Your recovery and rehabilitation (regaining your strength) after COVID-19 can be challenging, but there are resources available to help manage your symptoms and get help when needed.

Online resources for patients to help manage their own symptoms:

Who can you call for help?

Information patients can share with your health care provider. If you are a health care provider, please visit the following sites:


A COVID-19 infection can result in long lasting symptoms such as breathing difficulties or feeling short-of-breath, loss of smell and taste, brain fog, and fatigue. These long lasting symptoms have been termed “long COVID-19” and can have an impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. It can also affect family, friends, and caregivers of people who had COVID-19.

Your recovery and rehabilitation (regaining your strength) after COVID-19 can be challenging, but there are resources available to help manage your symptoms and get help when needed.

Online resources for patients to help manage their own symptoms:

Who can you call for help?

Information patients can share with your health care provider. If you are a health care provider, please visit the following sites:


Questions

Do you have a question for one of our experts, such as an individual with lived experience with Long COVID, or a doctor, nurse, therapist (physiotherapist, occupational, respiratory), dietician, mental health professional? Please ask your question here and one of our experts will get back to you ASAP.

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  • I lost my taste and smell in January from Covid. It is recovering slower but changed. Are there any current studies within Alberta or Canada that I can be apart of for rehabilitation of my sense of smell and taste?

    Alexis asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your question. I commend your interest in participating in Long COVID research to help shape the future of healthcare in this area while rehabilitating your senses. Some evolving research in training (exercises) for taste and smell indicate that there may be some success for people with Long COVID who experience taste and smell changes. 

    Presently in Alberta, the MOIST Study: Multi-organ imaging with serial testing in COVID-19 infected patients just finished recruiting participants. Another study Physical Activity and Smell Trainings to Help Individuals With Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Recover From Persistent Smell and Taste Impairments - A Pilot Study appears to be getting started but is not yet recruiting. 

    Other studies focusing on people with Long COVID may come-up that you quality for. AHS Participant in Research: Innovation & Research provides information about research in general and includes links to sites, like bethecure.ca, to help you find a research study that is right for you. Try searching the linked databases with different terms, such as: "Long COVID" and "post COVID". 

    If you are interested in some resources to support your current taste and smell abilities visit: Symptoms: Loss of taste and smell

    I encourage you to visit ahs.ca/nutritionresources or ahs.ca/healthyaftercovid to view available resources that may be of interest to you.

    I wish you all the best in your recovery and rehabilitation. 

    Registered Dietitian - Nutrition Services

  • My husband had COVID in the winter and now many foods and drinks taste metallic when they shouldn't. Are there any foods he should avoid or tips to help him manage with this?

    Katherine asked 17 days ago

    I'm sorry to hear that the taste and appetite changes of COVID-19 continue to be a side effect for your husband. You and your husband could try the tips in Eating Well When You Have Taste and Smell Changes or Self-care: Eating Well.

    You may consider enrolling in the Alberta Healthy Living Program Helping You Recover after COVID-19 that features a class called Eating after COVID-19. 

    Also, if your husband has trouble eating a variety of foods, has low appetite, or has experienced weight loss ask your health provider for a referral to a dietitian. The dietitian will be able to offer you and your husband customized advice based on his own situation. Visit ahs.ca/nutrition for services.

    Registered Dietitian - Nutrition Services

  • I’m tired all of the time and can't do many of the activities I used to do. I spend a lot of time lying around watching tv, but I’m still exhausted. How can I resume my normal activities, like taking my dog for a walk?

    Jay asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for posting this question. I am very sorry to hear you are feeling so tired. Fatigue is one of the most common and limiting symptoms reported by people living with Long COVID. And it’s not just physical exertion that brings on symptoms – thinking and emotional effort can also make it worse. This may mean that you have to rethink your idea of what “rest” actually is –lying on the couch watching tv, being on your smartphone, or interacting with family may be just as fatiguing as going for a walk. I would suggest you reach out to the Rehab Advice Line and/or register for the patient webinar series that can be found on the "Getting Healthy After COVID-19" link on the main page. You can enroll in as many sessions as you’d like, but you may be interested in ‘Managing Daily Life’ as it covers getting back to your daily activities and conserving your energy. It offers practical solutions for resuming your normal routine while managing low energy and fatigue, so that you can prioritize activities you enjoy, like walking your dog.

    - Physiotherapist - Alberta Health Living Program