When the COVID-19 pandemic began, we could rattle off the symptoms from the top of our heads: fever, dry cough, and difficulty breathing. Later, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added more symptoms to that list: chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, a new loss of taste or smell, and repeated shaking with chills. Nausea and diarrhea are also listed as signs of the disease.
But as the pandemic continues, doctors are starting to look more closely at not just the first signs of infection, but the long-term side effects that linger even after you've recovered. Concern over longer-lasting side effects has even prompted the CDC to begin a large study on patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in order to "describe long-term outcomes and come to a fuller understanding of the overall impact of the coronavirus on the health system," among other goals. Around 3,000 adult patients will be enrolled.
It will likely take some time for doctors to fully understand how this disease affects our health in the long term. Ahead, read what doctors and survivors are reporting now on the lingering effects of the coronavirus on body and mind.
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