Recovery app launching in Wales to help with long term Covid

By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited, 20th of January 2021 at 1:05am

A Covid recovery app is being launched today (20 January) as part of wider support for those experiencing the longer term effects of Coronavirus.

The bilingual app has been developed by the NHS Wales respiratory health group.

Users of the app will be able to record their symptoms, track their progress and learn to manage their condition at home. It includes advice from therapists, psychologists, dietitians and consultants.

The app is part of a wider national approach to support people with post-covid syndrome, which includes supporting health professionals to recognise the symptoms, signposting people to support and providing a clear pathway for people as they go through the healthcare system.

A Welsh government spokesperson said: “Post-Covid-19 syndrome, also known as long covid, has been defined as signs and symptoms that develop during or after an infection consistent with coronavirus that continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis.

It is anticipated that people are able to access the majority of the support they need close to home, and people should only have to travel for more specialised services which have to be provided in an acute hospital setting.”

Health minister Vaughan Gething said: “We are still learning about the virus but it is estimated that around that around 1 in 10 people who have had coronavirus suffer some long term symptoms. The launch of this app, which is the first of its kind, is to reassure those people that there is support available to them and that they are not alone.”

Dr Fiona Jenkins, executive director of therapies at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to produce this app for the people of Wales which offers a huge range of clinical advice and allows you to support yourself, it lets you set goals, track your progress and monitor your symptoms over time.”

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