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Surest Signs You Have Long COVID, According to an Expert

Here are the 5 symptoms that linger, according to the nation’s top long hauler expert.

Some people feel nothing when they get COVID-19; others die. And still others are maimed, possibly for life—dubbed "Long Haulers," they suffer from Long COVID, a series of symptoms that make life nearly unbearable. Natalie Lambert, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine in the Medical School at Indiana University, is perhaps the country's top expert when it comes to Long COVID and she has pinpointed which symptoms that are the most common. Here are the 5 longest-lasting symptoms that are experienced by the most people who took her survey. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss the full list of Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


You Are Likely to Feel a Long-Lasting Fatigue

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According to Dr. Lambert, the majority of her subjects struggled with severe exhaustion, and couldn't kick it. "Fatigue was reported to last an average of over 99 days," she reveals. In July, Dr. Lambert published the ground-breaking Long Hauler Survey, detailing the struggle of long haulers as well as the symptoms they suffer. Fatigue was the most common symptom then as well. 


You May Feel a "Persistent" Headache

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A headache is one of the first manifestations of COVID-19, and it is also one of the longest, per Dr. Lambert's latest survey. The long hauler headache is described as "persistent" and sometimes lasts all day and others are episodic. 


You Might Have Shortness of Breath

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Shortness of breath, or "difficulty breathing" are also common ailments of long COVID that last for months on end, according to Dr. Lamber's survey pool. This symptom is one of the trademarks of the virus, which attacks the respiratory system. 


You May Have Brain Fog

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Another severe symptom that surveyors reported to linger for months after an infection was brain fog. This severe type of cognitive dysfunction makes it difficult for individuals to return to work and function during daily activities. 

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You Might Develop a Cough


A dry cough is one of the first symptoms that COVID sufferers report—and one of the last to linger, according to Dr. Lambert's survey. 


How to Survive This Pandemic

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If you experience any of these symptoms, call a medical professional immediately. And follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, 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.

Leah Groth
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