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How long do COVID-19 symptoms last?

If you get COVID-19, how long will you suffer symptoms?

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Eric Kwiatkowski processes COVID-19 tests at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City.

Eric Kwiatkowski, with the Utah National Guard’s Forward Support Company in St. George, and Private 1st Class Jacob Osborne, with the guard’s 19th Special Forces at Camp Williams in Bluffdale, process COVID-19 tests at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The delta variant of the novel coronavirus is here, creating a new uptick in COVID-19 cases across the country. Many who have not had the virus before may be wondering when the COVID symptoms may disappear.

How long do COVID symptoms last?

There’s no hard and fast number for how long COVID-19 symptoms can last. According to Metropolitan Pediatrics, the length of time COVID-19 symptoms last can vary by person. Most people recover within two weeks, though.

What are the first COVID symptoms to appear?

A study from University of Southern California researchers outlined the usual order of symptoms for the novel coronavirus. The study, which was published in the medical journal Frontier Public Health, found the first batch of symptoms to include:

  • Fever
  • Cough and muscle pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What about long COVID-19?

That’s the other concern here. Coronavirus symptoms can last much longer than the first two weeks as people have been shown to suffer symptoms for the long haul, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Researchers from Stanford University found that the majority of people who had severe symptoms from the novel coronavirus had long-term symptoms.

  • Specifically, the study found that 73% of patients in the study had at least one long-term COVID-19 symptom at least 60 days after they were first diagnosed with the coronavirus.