About one-third of coronavirus patients have symptoms that don’t 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 from the coronavirus — found patients experience 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 of the diagnosis.
- In fact, 1 in 5 patients have not returned to normal health.
- Lingering symptoms included fatigue, cough, congestion, dyspnea, loss of taste and smell, chest pain and confusion. Other symptoms, like vomiting, nausea, fever and chills, did not last as long.
“COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness, even among young adults without underlying chronic medical conditions. Effective public health messaging targeting these groups is warranted,” the CDC said.
As I wrote for Deseret.com, the CDC said earlier this month that COVID-19 patients often had one of three major symptoms — fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC published the results last week. The report found 96% of patients had either fever, cough or shortness of breath from the coronavirus. About half of that — 45% — experienced all three of those symptoms.