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Brain Fog

Brain fog is a commonly reported symptom of Long COVID.  Symptoms reported by people with long COVID include feeling that their thinking is fuzzy or slow, difficulty remembering things, altered concentration, word-finding, headaches and controlling emotions.  The cause of brain fog is unknown, but there are many factors which can contribute to it including fatigues, shortness of breath or breathing pattern disorders, neurological problems and pain.  Particularly, fatigue can impact how we think, and cognitive tasks such as reading, working and talking should be considered when planning and pacing activities. 

Guides to support people to manage post-viral fatigue and conserve energy as they recover from COVID-19 are available on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website. These guides are endorsed by the Intensive Care Society.