Long Covid: In some people with mild illness, symptoms can linger for up to 9 months, study

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Young ill woman holding hand on forehead, checking temperature, resting, lying on the couch with a cozy blanket. Using purple face mask to prevent other people from getting infected.
Young ill woman holding hand on forehead, checking temperature, resting, lying on the couch with a cozy blanket. Using purple face mask to prevent other people from getting infected.

For some people, recovery after Covid-19 infection is a long journey. In a new study by researchers from the University of Washington, nearly 30% of mild cases of Covid-19 were shown to have the potential of leaving behind persistent, debilitating symptoms in otherwise healthy patients.

"Our research indicates that the health consequences of Covid-19 extend far beyond acute infection, even among those who experience mild illness," the authors wrote in their paper, published this month in JAMA Network Open.

Emerging data on what has been dubbed as "long Covid", which is characterised by a constellation of symptoms, including shortness of breath, marked fatigue, headache, and loss of ability to taste and smell normally, has consistently shown that its implications can affect the quality of life for low-risk individuals, and that an urgent, overall approach is needed towards managing the disease among this group.

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