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Most people who have COVID-19 recover in 2 to 6 weeks with no long-term problems. But some people have health problems that last for weeks or months after having the infection. These problems are known as long-term effects of COVID-19. This can happen even if the illness had mild or no symptoms.
Common long-term effects of a COVID-19 infection include:
Some people also report having:
Other problems may include:
These symptoms may get worse after mental or physical activity.
If you've had COVID-19 and are having these problems, tell your doctor. Make sure the doctor knows that you had COVID-19.
To find out if your symptoms are from long-term effects of COVID-19, your doctor will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your health history. Your doctor may want you to have certain tests to learn more. You may see a specialist.
Your treatment will depend on your symptoms. Some symptoms may be treated with medicine. Or you may see a specialist. Your doctor also may recommend different treatments, such as physical therapy, depending on your symptoms.
Here are some common symptoms along with some ideas for self-care to help you feel better.
Here are other common problems, along with some tips you can try.
If you aren't getting better, talk to your doctor.
Current as of:
July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family MedicineLesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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