For some, it only takes a few weeks to recover from COVID-19, but for others, the recovery process can take months.
Dr. Federico Vallejo with DHR Health said that although most people do not have long-term symptoms, it is not uncommon.
Dr. Vallejo says the best thing anyone can do is listen to their body and see a doctor if symptoms persist.
“The vast majority will not have a long COVID, it will be a minority, but when virtually everyone becomes infected or close to everyone, it means that a significant number of patients will have long-term symptoms.” said Dr. Vallejo.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes long-distance COVID as a series of new, recurrent or persistent symptoms that people face four or more weeks after being infected with COVID-19.
“It’s not very well defined – remember it’s a new disease and unfortunately we are finding more and more and sequelae or side effects of the disease,” said Dr. Vallejo.
Symptoms can range from difficulty breathing, chest or abdominal pain and symptoms that worsen after physical or mental activities to more complicated health problems.
“There are also a million other problems from dizziness, to tinnitus, to headaches, to memory problems, to sexual dysfunction, stomach,” said Dr. Vallejo. “There are many, many problems we find.”
These symptoms may also be a sign of several other major health problems caused by COVID-19, so Dr. Vallejo says it’s best to see a doctor.
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