Sunday, July 26, 2020

Young, healthy adults with mild COVID-19 also take weeks to recover: CDC

July 24, 2020 / 2:27 PM

Young, previously healthy adults can take weeks to fully recover from even a mild COVID-19 infection, with about a fifth of patients under 35 years reporting not returning to their usual state of health up to 21 days after testing positive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Cough, fatigue and shortness of breath were among the symptoms reported while testing that persisted even weeks later, according to the report.

The findings indicate recovery can be prolonged even in young adults without chronic medical conditions, making a case for public health messaging to target populations that might not perceive COVID-19 as being a severe illness.


Researchers said social distancing, frequent handwashing, and the consistent and correct use of face coverings in public should be encouraged to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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