CDC: Even young people with mild COVID-19 need weeks to recover

Young, previously healthy adults can take weeks to fully recover from even mild COVID-19 infection. Moreover, about a fifth of patients under the age of 35 reports that they do not return to their normal state of health within 21 days after receiving a positive test result for the presence of coronavirus in the body. It is reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A telephone survey of adults with mild COVID-19 in 13 states found that 35% of those surveyed did not return to their normal state of health even two to three weeks after testing. Symptoms of the coronavirus persisted weeks after recovery. This was announced by the CDC in the weekly report on morbidity and mortality.

According to the report, symptoms noted on testing included coughing, fatigue, and shortness of breath, which persisted even weeks later.

The findings suggest that recovery can be prolonged even in young people without chronic diseases. This demonstrates the need to educate target populations who may not perceive COVID-19 as a serious illness.

From April 15 to June 25, telephone interviews were conducted with a random sample of people over 18 who were tested for COVID-19 during an outpatient visit, the CDC said.

Interviews were conducted 14-21 days after the date of the examination, and patients were asked about their symptoms during testing, whether they had returned to their normal state of health and whether they were suffering from a chronic illness.