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30% of COVID Patients Have These Symptoms Months Later, Says New Study

You may feel fatigue, brain fog, or lose your sense of smell—and this can last for months and months.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

Over the last year, researchers have been busy trying to determine all the whos, whats, whens, and whys of post-COVID syndrome, which can often be debilitating. Now, a new study published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, has found that a surprising number of people aren't making a full recovery—30 percent to be exact—still suffering symptoms up to nine months post-infection. The majority of them, 84.7 percent, were never even hospitalized, suffering from mild forms of the illness. Read on to find out what the most common symptoms reported by those in the study—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


They Feel a Profound Fatigue

Woman suffering from stomach cramps on the sofa at home.

One of the most common complaints of long haulers is excessive fatigue. According to the study, 24 patients out of the 177 (13.6 percent) reported fatigue. 


They Have a Loss of Sense of Taste or Smell

Woman Trying to Sense Smell of a Lemon

The loss of senses is one of the signature symptoms of COVID-19. However, some people find that they don't return after their initial infection. 24 patients (13.6 percent) reported this prolonged symptom. 


They Have a Cough

Woman coughing hardly at home

With many COVID infections, the individuals can't stop coughing. While the cough generally clears, 13 percent of those surveyed claim that it lasted much longer than their initial infection. And, of those hospitalized 80 percent reported a prolonged cough. 


They Have Trouble Breathing

Shortness of breath is one of the key symptoms of COVID-19, and for many, it doesn't quit. 13 percent reported having trouble breathing—even while trying to complete a usual activity like daily chores. This number jumped to over 80 percent for those hospitalized with the virus. 


They Have Muscle Aches

Woman is touching her stiff shoulder.

Muscle aches were identified by 13 percent of respondents. 


They Have Brain Fog

Woman has a Migraine and headache after wake up in the morning.

Brain fog was reported by a little over 2.3 percent of COVID sufferers. According to many long haulers, this neurological symptom is one of the most debilitating and leaves them unable to complete daily tasks. 


They Have a Fever

80 of the hospitalized group also reported feeling feverish up to 9 months after diagnosis.

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What to Do If You Think You Are a Long Hauler

Doctor and senior woman wearing facemasks

If you are still suffering from any of these symptoms weeks after your initial COVID-19 diagnosis you should call your doctor to discuss treatment. Additionally, there are other resources—including post-COVID clinics and support groups like Survivor Corps on Facebook—that can be helpful in terms of treatment. And, make sure to keep yourself and others safe—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.