22 March, 2022
COVID-19 symptoms continue to linger post infection
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As more and more Australians fall ill
to COVID-19, many are reporting lingering
symptoms even after the initial acute
phase of illness has passed.
Regional general practitioner Dr
Rebecca McGowan said she is seeing
many patients take several weeks to fully
recover from COVID-19 across all age
groups from young people in their 20s to
more elderly patients.
The most common symptom she says
is a prolonged cough, which can last anywhere
between three and six-weeks after
the initial infection. Shortness of breath
and brain fog are also predominant features,
This is different to the acute phase
COVID-19 illness, characterised by a
runny nose, temperatures, aches and
pains and sometimes a loss of taste and
McGowan says it’s important to normalise
the debilitating effect that lingering
illness can have, and she says that her
patients are relieved when they hear that
this is common.
For patients who have lingering
symptoms she says a short course of oral
steroids can prove helpful, as well as
ventolin and bricanyl. She says taking it
easy is necessary, especially for those
who report they can’t walk more than
Dr McGowan said “the number one
instrument I have as a GP is the power of
the medical certificate”.
She said giving carer’s certificates for
people’s partners or for someone who
can help care for the ill person’s children
is also important in recovery.
“We do see it getting better”, said Dr
McGowen, but how long this takes varies
greatly between individuals whether they
feel back to normal in some cases three
weeks, others eight weeks.
She says her patients say the change
can come from day to day. They tell her
“you know what, I just woke up this
morning and felt that it was lifting, that I
Dr McGowan says staying up to date
with vaccinations is important in avoiding
She says that she is not seeing symptoms
such as the prolonged cough and
lung issues in patients who are up to date
in all their vaccinations including booster
This is general information, you should always consult your GP before any treatments.