Most people who have COVID-19 recover in 2 to 6 weeks with no long-term problems. But some people have health problems that last for weeks or months after they recover from the infection. This can happen even in cases where a hospital stay wasn't needed.
Common long-term effects of a COVID-19 infection include:
Shortness of breath.
Some people also report having:
Trouble thinking or concentrating ("brain fog").
Depression or anxiety.
Muscle or joint pain.
A fever that comes and goes.
A fast or pounding heartbeat (heart palpitations).
Other problems may include:
An inflamed heart muscle.
Rashes and hair loss.
Smell and taste problems.
Problems with sleep.
If you've had COVID-19 and are having these problems, tell your doctor. Make sure the doctor knows that you had COVID-19.
Current as of:
January 6, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Medical Review:JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine