How long can I expect it to last if sick of COVID-19?
It depends. Most of the patients of coronavirus suffers symptoms mild to moderate and recovers quickly. Older patients or sick tend to take longer to recuperate. That includes obese people, hypertensive or with other chronic diseases.
Recovery usually takes two to six weeks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A study in the United States found that about 20 percent of patients between the ages of 18 and 34 who were not hospitalized still had symptoms at least two weeks after becoming ill. It was the same for nearly half of those 50 years of age and older.
Among those who became ill enough to be hospitalized, a study in Italy found that 87 percent continued to suffer symptoms two months after becoming ill. Among those symptoms were fatigue and breathing difficulties.
It is difficult to estimate when COVID-19 patients will feel good again, he noted.
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“What’s disturbing about all this is that we don’t have all the answers,” said Gates, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
It is also difficult to predict which patients will develop complications once the initial disease subsides.
COVID-19 can affect almost all organs, and long-term complications can include heart inflammation, decreased kidney function, confusion, anxiety, and depression.
It’s not clear if these problems are due to the virus itself or the inflammation it causes, said Dr. Jay Varkey, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University.
“Once you recover from serious illness, it is not necessarily over,” he said.