NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH
Some people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 will experience symptoms long after they are no longer infectious from the virus. In an effort to support those impacted, Nova Scotia Health has created MyCOVIDRecoveryNS.ca – a website with the most up-to-date information available about managing or treating the lingering symptoms of COVID-19.
“Recovering from COVID-19 is different for everyone, and it does not matter how old you are or how healthy you were before you got COVID-19,” said Dr. Christy Bussey, medical lead for the QEII COVID-19 inpatient service at Nova Scotia Health. “Some people feel better in a few weeks. For others, it may take months. Our hope is that this website will help individuals navigate their journey and support them as they work with their health care providers toward recovery.”
MyCOVIDRecoveryNS.ca includes trusted information on common symptoms, advice for managing these symptoms, and where to go for more support. Symptoms may vary and include trouble breathing or shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, trouble concentrating, brain fog or memory problems, feeling stressed, anxious, worried, sad or depressed, withdrawing from friends or activities, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea and constipation, headaches, chest pain, tightness or palpitations, joint or muscle pain, symptoms that get worse after physical activity or a sense of loss or grief.
“MyCOVIDRecoveryNS.ca provides relevant information to assist anyone in their recovery from COVID-19,” said Andrea Temple, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April of this year and continues to experience symptoms. “As I continue to recover from COVID-19, I am thankful for a resource like this to support and guide me. It’s very comprehensive and easy to navigate. I would encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and their caregivers to take the time to visit the site.”
The website is designed for those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Nova Scotia who are over the age of 16. Anyone under the age of 16 experiencing persistent COVID-19 symptoms is recommended to contact the IWK.
“Research is still being done as there is a lot that we still do not know. The resources on the website will continue to evolve as our understanding of post COVID-19 symptoms and treatments evolve,” said Alyson Lamb, senior director COVID-19 Implementation and Planning at Nova Scotia Health. “We want those impacted by COVID-19 to know that we are here to support them on their journey to recovery.”
MyCOVIDRecoveryNS.ca is one of a number of tools and resources Nova Scotia Health is working on to help those diagnosed work towards recovery, and support health care providers and teams who are caring for patients in their communities.