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COVID-19: Are You Experiencing Symptoms Long After The Infection? Here's What WHO Recommends

COVID-19: Symptoms like fatigue, headache, fever and shortness of breath can last for several weeks, even months after the infection. Do visit a doctor in this case, says WHO.

COVID-19: Are You Experiencing Symptoms Long After The Infection? Heres What WHO Recommends

COVID-19 symptoms like shortness of breath can occur even after testing negative


  1. COVID-19 Symotoms include breathlessness and fever
  2. Do get yourself checked by a doctor in case you have symptoms
  3. Continue taking precautions like wearing a mask and washing hands

COVID-19 symptoms begin to develop in 5-6 days after one has been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The symptoms can last for 14 days and this is why people who have been exposed to the virus are advised to stay home and in isolation for at least 14 days so that they don't further spread the virus. However, did you know that the symptoms of COVID-19 can last for weeks, even months after you have tested negative, as per the World Health Orgnization.

COVID-19 symptoms can last for several weeks, even months after the infection

In one of its recent posts on Instagram, the WHO mentions that there are chances that you may feel symptoms long after being infected with COVID-19. It goes on to add that there can be long-term effects of the disease, and you should consult your doctor for the same.

Also read: COVID-19 Vaccine: 3 Myths That Scientists Want You To Stop Believing

Here are some long-term effects of COVID-19:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Confusion

Long-term effects of COVID-19 include fever, headache, shortness of breath
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If you feel it has been long since you have been getting these symptoms, its time to visit your doctor and talk about them.

Along with this, continue taking precautions like wearing a mask, washing hands and physical distancing. The COVID-19 vaccination drive is on as well. Till you get a vaccine, take these precautions and follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent any further damage to your health.

Also read: Do You Get Symptoms Even After Recovering From COVID-19? Here's What You Need To Know

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