How long can I expect a COVID-19 disease?
depends on. Most coronavirus patients have moderate to mild disease and recover quickly. Older, sick patients take longer to recover. This includes people who are obese, or have high blood pressure and other chronic diseases.
The World Health Organization states that recovery usually takes two to six weeks. An American study found that approximately 20% of non-hospitalized individuals aged 18 to 34 had symptoms for at least two weeks after becoming ill. The same was true for about half of people 50 and older.
Among those ill enough to be hospitalized, a study in Italy found that 87% were still experiencing symptoms two months after becoming ill. Dull symptoms included fatigue and shortness of breath.
Chicago lung specialist Drs. Khalila Gates said that many of her hospitalized COVID-19 patients still have cough seizures, shortness of breath and fatigue three to four months after infection.
They stated that it is difficult to predict accurately when COVID-19 patients have to feel well.
“The uncertain part of all of this is not all of us,” said Gates, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
It is also difficult to predict which patients will develop complications after their initial illness subsides.
COVID-19 can affect almost every organ, and long-term complications may include inflammation of the heart, decreased kidney function, fuzzy thinking, anxiety, and depression.
It is unclear whether the virus itself or inflammation can cause these lethargic problems, with Emery University’s expert on infectious diseases, Dr. J. Said Varkey.
“Once you suffer from acute illness, it does not necessarily go away”.
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