Patient resource: Managing post–COVID-19 symptoms

What to expect during recovery

What to expect during recovery

Everyone will have a different experience in their recovery from COVID-19. Some people may recover in days, some in weeks; for others, it could be months.  People recovering from more severe initial illness are likely to face a longer recovery period. 

Schedule regular appointments with your GP to discuss your symptoms and how best to manage them. Your GP will tell you about any medicines that might suit your needs. They may also refer you to other medical specialists or allied health services (for example, dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists) if appropriate.

Common symptoms you may experience during your recovery1-4

Common symptoms Less common symptoms
  • Exhaustion/tiredness
  • Cough
  • Mild breathlessness
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Mild chest pain
  • Change in sense of taste or smell
  • Anxiety and/or low mood


  • Insomnia/poor sleep
  • Mildly raised temperature
  • Headache
  • Memory difficulties
  • Confusion
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Stomach and digestion difficulties
  • Rash
  • Depression
If you have any of the following symptoms, call emergency services on 000 immediately and tell the phone operator you’ve previously been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Severe, or worsening shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Severe chest pain, pressure or change in heart rate
  • New or increased confusion
  • Difficulty waking up or unusual drowsiness 3
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