It has been over 18 months since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. While most people with COVID-19 recover within two weeks of their illness, some people experience symptoms for much longer. Post-COVID conditions can last for four or more weeks after being infected. These conditions may also be known as long COVID or long-haul COVID.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) has created resources to help health providers and patients with treating long COVID symptoms.
The provider resources—Recovery & Rehabilitation After COVID-19: Resources for Health Professionals—include the following:
- COVID-19 safe discharge home checklist;
- Government of Canada’s Public Health website for Health Professionals: Post COVID-19;
- Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation Response Framework Summary Report;
- rehab recovery COVID-19 resource info slides;
- information for referring patients for long COVID care and rehabilitation;
- health professional education;
- data reporting; and
- FAQ – Long COVID Symptoms or Health Concerns for Providers.
The patient resources—Getting Healthy After COVID-19—include the following:
- After COVID-19: Information and resources to help you recover,
- Alberta Healthy Living Program (five-part series for Albertans experiencing long COVID symptoms),
- Rehabilitation Advice Line (1-833-379-0563) offering free telephone rehabilitation advice and support from a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to help manage long COVID,
- COVID-19 mental health resources,
- how to manage symptoms,
- FAQ – Long COVID Symptoms or Health Concerns for Patients, and
- information on support groups for COVID long haulers.