One-third of coronavirus patients have symptoms that do not go away, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report – which focused on patients who were not hospitalized for coronavirus – found patients who had symptoms weeks and months after they first tested positive.
- Patients with COVID-19 did not return to their regular level of health within two to three weeks after diagnosis.
- In fact, 1 in 5 patients has not returned to normal health.
- Persistent symptoms included fatigue, cough, congestion, dyspnea, loss of taste and smell, chest pain, and confusion. Other symptoms, such as vomiting, nausea, fever, and chills, did not last long.
COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness, even among young adults without suffering from chronic medical conditions. Effective public health messaging aimed at these groups is needed, ”the CDC said.
As I wrote in Deseret.com, the CDC said earlier this month that patients with COVID-19 often had one of three main symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC released the results last week. The report found that 96% of patients had fever, cough or shortness of breath from coronavirus. About half of that – 45% – experienced all three symptoms.