Rules and restrictions
There are currently no COVID-19 rules or restrictions in Scotland. At this stage of the pandemic we are now living with COVID-19 as a respiratory infection (updated June 2023).
There are things you can do to stay well and protect others:
- stay at home if you have symptoms
- if you have symptoms and do need to go out, wear a well-fitting face covering
- get the vaccine if offered to ensure you are fully protected
- wash your hands regularly
- meet in well-ventilated spaces
- support Distance Aware, for anyone who prefers others to take extra care around them
For the latest information on Covid 19 – check the Scottish Government Website:
Signs and symptoms of long COVID
There are many different signs and symptoms of long COVID. Symptoms may change over time. The most common symptoms include:
Breathing (respiratory symptoms)
Heart and circulation (cardiovascular symptoms)
Brain (neurological symptoms)
Digestive system (gastrointestinal symptoms)
Joints and muscles (musculoskeletal symptoms)
Mental health (psychological symptoms)
Ear, nose and throat symptoms
Skin (dermatological symptoms)
Other general symptoms can include fatigue, fever and pain.
Some people with long COVID may have symptoms of postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) which may need further investigation. PoTS is an abnormal increase in heart rate that happens after standing up. Symptoms include lightheadedness, palpitations and fatigue.
Managing your symptoms
Contact your GP practice if:
- you’re worried about your symptoms
- your symptoms are getting worse
The team within your GP practice can provide advice.
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s Advice Line nurses provide confidential advice, support and information to help people living with long COVID, or their family members.
To contact the Advice Line nurses:
- phone 0808 801 0899 (free from landlines and mobiles)
- text NURSE to 66777
The information on this page is for people aged 18 and over. Contact your GP or paediatric team directly if you’re worried about possible long COVID symptoms in a child or young person under 18.