Mild to moderation infection from COVID-19 could last for about one to two weeks for most people. In severe cases, recovery can be slower and symptoms could last up to six weeks or more.
One 2021 study published in the Lancet found that more than three-quarters of COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Wuhan, China, still had at least one symptom 6 months after their recovery.
Another study from Italy done much earlier in 2020 found that 87.4% of COVID-19 patients reported experiencing at least one symptom 2 months after they were discharged from the hospital.
Study has also found that people with long-haul COVID-19 may not have had a severe case of the disease initially, which simply means that mild COVID can also lead to long COVID and should not be taken lightly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some people may experience long-term effects of COVID-19, whether they require hospitalization or not.
That said, there are certain symptoms that may start off with the onset of the infection, but may continue to linger on even after you’ve tested negative for the virus. Read on to find out what these symptoms are.