Below is a list of resources that we’ve found since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that we’ve found useful. If you’ve got other resources that you’d like to share with us, feel free to get in touch either via the contact form or on our info@ email address. Covid-19 rehabilitation and recovery are in the early stages of understanding. Our colleagues are rightly focusing on treating new patients and preventing new infections. There is a lot to learn, with many pieces of the jigsaw still to be found.
An brief PDF publication to reassure patients about approaching their health care practitioner or GP with post Covid syndrome or long Covid symptoms provided by the Patient Safety Learning hub.
A helpful resource of mental health advice following and during illness with Covid 19. Provides localised help based on locality, managing anxiety help and advice on financial support. Provided by the Rethink Mental Illness charity.
A helpful and detailed resource for those suffering from fatigue during their Covid recovery from the ME Association. This includes energy management, sleep, symptom relief, nutrition and many other helpful topics.
A series of very helpful collaborative videos from the CRESTA Clinic and the AWRC RICOVR centre on managing fatigue whilst recovering from Covid. There are 4 videos that make up the series, the links to each are below:
These are relatively long videos, roughly around 16 mins each, they recommend watching these in bite size chunks.
Some friendly resources, from helpful daily reminders to be kind to yourself to bed exercises, standing exercises and the general benefits of movement. From Moving Medicine.
Support for rehabilitation and self-management – a series of exercises, eating tips, managing stress and dealing with cognitive issues, amongst others. Brought together by the The World Health Organisation as a PDF.
A helpful culmination of resources from The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. From breathlessness tips, to strength exercises and other helpful links.
A helpful resource giving advice for those pregnant during the Coronvirus pandemic from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Resource includes advice on what to do if you fall ill during pregnancy, the latest information on how it might affect your pregnancy and baby and advice that for those that might be higher risk of serious illness whilst pregnant.
An extensive resource from The Mental Health Foundation on how to look after your mental health during coronavirus. Covering a broad range of subjects from finance worries, talking to children about Covid, mental health tips and returning to work.
A helpful week by week activity planner template from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to help you plan your energy levels against activity during your recovery. Simple and easy to use.
An extensive resource from Mind about Covid-19 and your mental health. Covering a wide variety of issues relating to mental health, from mask anxiety, coping with going into work, to coronavirus and your personal wellbeing.
A really helpful and practical article on conserving your energy during your recovery from Covid, from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
A series of suggested recovery yoga exercises to help those recovering from Covid-19 from the Association for Iyengar Yoga in the UK & Republic of Ireland.
A resource for those with Crohn’s or Colitis, on level of risk of complications from COVID-19, and what you should do as a result. Advice on what action to take depending on medication, age and other risk factors
A review for IBD sufferers on what they should know in relation to their health and SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), covering hygiene considerations, symptoms, reliable sources of information and testing.
A helpful new resource from UK based Physio’s for me on Post Viral Fatigue. A 30 minute video gives an overview of Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome and its link to ME and management priorities. With many physiotherapists redeployed from the front-line services, and attentions shifted to the rehabilitation of survivors.
A list of recovery research projects happening around the world for those in recovery from Covid, most are still recruiting for new participants.
A new NHS resource hub for those recovery from Covid. Covering details on managing the effects, your wellbeing and a road to recovery section.
A series of helpful templates from the National Academy for Social Prescribing to use to assist those in recovery from Covid-19 in detailing information they might feel themselves repeating often to those supporting them during their recovery, about their health, medication, reasons for self-isolation etc.
Using Joe Brainard’s I remember poetic forms, Alec Finlay recounts his memories of a way of living walks with others whilst he self-isolates during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Poet and artist Alec Finlay offers a timely reflection on the coronavirus crisis, the invisibility of disabled people and the absence of our voices in the face of what society could learn from our experience if there was less of a drive from the mainstream media to bury its heads in the sand.
Two beautiful audio walks composed by Chris Watson, as part of Alec Finlay’s year-long residency with Paths for All, 2020. These two audio walks are shared as a free resource for people self-isolating during the Coronavirus crisis. They offer imaginative access to Highland environments.
A patient information pack helping you to recover and manage your symptoms following Covid-19 for the NHS Homerton University Hospital
An excellent financial advice resource for those with Covid from The Money Advice Service. With advice ranging from different working scenarios, managing debt and mortgages, financial planning, help with rent and much more.
A wide variety of advice about diet and nutrition from the British Dietetic Association, including specific advice for those suffering from pre-existing health conditions.
An excellent hub of resources around nutritional advice for Covid sufferers, based around your specific requirements and recovery pathway
An excellent knowledge resource from UK Research and Innovation. Explaining the virus itself, viral outbreaks vaccination, diagnose and treatments.
The growing number of long term sufferers from Covid-19 and the symptoms that continue for weeks or months are still going unrecognised.
Research into vaccine development is pointing towards promising results for the future.
A article featuring a number of patients based in the US that simply aren’t getting better. Call for research into symptoms, recovery and review of some advice on recovery tips.
A video explanation of why people are potentially not developing antibodies affect becoming infected with Covid-19
A short animation on recovery and helpful tips on how to develop and track your progress.
Overview of the key facets of the human immune system and why it might be that developing antibodies doesn’t necessarily guarantee immunity.
A online petition to encourage the World Health Organisation, CDC and NHS to formally recognise the longer term recovery window from Covid-19
A review of some of the long term symptoms those with Covid-19 are suffering from.
Read Professor Paul Garner’s update on his recovery from Covid-19 at 14 weeks and the symptoms he continues to experience and the gradually acceptance of suffering from post viral fatigue.
Read Callum O’Dwyer, a 28 year old with no under lying health symptoms, 12 weeks recovery journey, that is still continuing.
A video account of recovery from Covid-19 and a review of post viral fatigue and it’s association with Covid-19.
A series of accounts from long term sufferers of Covid-19 and the post viral fatigue and reoccurring symptoms that come with it. Requires you to login to read the full article.
Royal College of Occupational Therapists provide tips and practical guides on post viral fatigue and conserving your energy, for both those that have been hospitalised and those that have recovered at home
One in ten COVID-19 patients are suffering from post viral effects, researchers expect this is going to cause a big problem in the future
A patient story from the United States on the long haul of diagnose with health care professionals, the developing long lasting symptoms and the hope for recovery
Article from National Geographic covering research into how long the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) virus might last inside our bodies
A wealth of information and data relating to covid-19 symptoms and recovery.
Those that have virus for several months, the “long-haulers”, describe their symptoms and the disbelief of their friends.
Different people suffer different affects from coronavirus, some lasting months. A wider range of symptoms seem to be displayed than the NHS guidelines are currently stating.
Unusual symptoms and outcomes, clinicians from ICU’s from across the UK, recount the unexpected findings of the virus in patients
Variety of people tell of symptoms coming and going weeks after falling ill, even in mild cases
A series of recovery journeys from different patients, as doctors start to analyse recovery journeys from different patient profiles
Researchers keen to work out why some people are suffering from ‘long tail’ form of the virus
A long form read on a Medium author on recovering from Covid-19
Coronavirus complications could leave survivors with debilitating illnesses that last for years, doctors claim after professor who treated PM calls disease ‘the new polio’
The wide variety of Covid-19 symptoms seen by doctors is confounding the scientific community
The emerging long-term complications of Covid-19, explained.
This resource has been developed by a group of multi-disciplinary health professionals at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. The purpose of the website is to support patients with their initial recovery once discharged from hospital following treatment for COVID-19.
For people left with breathing difficulties after COVID-19, their family members, carers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers and researchers.
‘A large portion won’t notice that they have it’. ‘Another substantial portion will have very, very mild symptoms’. ‘A small portion will have a very significant reaction’
Is it post viral fatigue, as some suggest, or an ongoing symptom of Covid-19 and signs of a longer recovery time?
Damage to the kidneys, heart, brain — even ‘covid toes’ — prompts reassessment of the disease and how to treat it
Paul Garner, professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, discusses his experience of having covid-19
Article on the complexities of recovery and dispelling the myth that there’s a standardised recovery for everyone.
Some guidance from WebMD on expected recovery times, based on severity of illness.
Exercise or bed rest? How long before returning to work? And are there any lasting effects? Question and Answer style article with Dr Bharat Pankhania on Covid-19 Recovery
A World Health Organisation Report from February 2020 based on the Chinese experience states that median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with severe or critical disease.
A helpful PDF guide to Post Viral Fatigue – what to expect and how best to deal with it.
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of Covid-19
Managing your Mental Health during the epidemic, whether self isolating or social distancing.
This piece of expert advice has an undoubted focus on the more severe cases of Covid-19 but there is a welcome focus on a full body approach to recovery and rehabilitation, including the physical and emotional consequences of this disease.