Coronavirus: 1 in 3 COVID-19 patients have symptoms that don’t go away – Deseret News

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, 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.

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