Prolonged Illness Among Outpatients with COVID-19
A CDC report published in July finds that COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness even among individuals with milder, outpatient illness. Researchers interviewed a random sample of symptomatic adults who had a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2. The interviews were conducted by telephone 14–21 days after testing and collected information such as demographic characteristics, baseline chronic medical conditions, and symptoms present at the time of testing. Information from the report is presented below.
From “Symptom Duration and Risk Factors for Delayed Return to Usual Health Among Outpatients with COVID-19 in a Multistate Health Care Systems Network — United States, March–June 2020”: “These findings have important implications for understanding the full effects of COVID-19, even in persons with milder outpatient illness. Notably, convalescence can be prolonged even in young adults without chronic medical conditions, potentially leading to prolonged absence from work, studies, or other activities.”

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