Covid Fatigue

For many people a COVID infection only causes mild symptoms that get better on their own without needing a hospital visit. However even after a mild infection, nearly 1 in 4 people develop longer term complications that can last for several weeks, also referred to as 'Long Covid'.

One common symptom of Long COVID is fatigue. This is beyond the feeling of tiredness we all experience from time to time. When feeling tired and exhausted lingers day in and out, it has impacts on many aspects of daily living and can severely affect quality of life. Fatigue can be caused through changes in many different parts of the brain. Our project aims to understand which systems might be responsible for fatigue in Long COVID. 

Our Project

COVID can affect many different parts of the brain. Our project has two aims:

  • find out which systems are affected in long COVID fatigue
  • track how this changes over time

To do this we need volunteers to visit our labs within the Biosciences Institute at Newcastle University around every 4 months. During each visit you will do some simple, non-invasive tests to assess how your brain controls movement. The tests are harmless. The research team will explain everything as we go along. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, and to take a break. In between these visits we will also ask you to fill out a questionnaire to assess your level of fatigue every two months.

We are not testing new treatments – it is much too early for that. We need to learn a lot more about the condition first. If you decide to take part you will help us to grow our understanding and beat this condition in the future. As a thank you for taking part you will be offered a £20 Amazon voucher. 

If you have any questions email our team covidfatigue@newcastle.ac.uk 

Study Update

We have completed this round of recruitment and are not seeking any more participants at this moment for this study. We would like to warmly thank everyone who expressed an interest in this study, and especially all the volunteers who kindly gave us so much of their time. We have a related but separate study on COVID Fatigue that is due to start recruiting within the next few weeks, and we will be posting relevant details here over the coming days.

 For those volunteers yet to attend, please download our study information sheet to find out more about the study and your visit: