Story at a glance
- Symptoms of the novel coronavirus range from uncomfortable to potentially fatal.
- It can take anywhere from two to six weeks for patients to recover from COVID-19.
- Some patients report symptoms even after recovering and testing negative for the disease.
What appears as a mild headache and tiredness for one coronavirus patient can send another to the hospital with troubled breathing. Symptoms of COVID-19 range from uncomfortable to potentially fatal. And while they should subside after your body successfully fights off the disease, some can linger.
Symptoms have been recorded to appear anywhere from two to eight weeks after contracting COVID-19, although some patients show no symptoms at all. For mild cases, the median time from onset to clinical recovery is about two weeks, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) joint report with China on COVID-19 published on Feb. 16. At the same time, severe or critical cases can take three to six weeks. In some cases, however, symptoms have been reported even after patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 later test negative, meaning that their body has expelled the virus.
On Twitter, many coronavirus patients have been sharing their personal experiences fighting the virus. One woman who tested positive for COVID-19 and later tested negative tweeted that she had a fever for 47 days.
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Day 47 with a fever. Second Covid test - negative. Blood work - normal. My body officially isn’t fighting this virus anymore, yet my fever and sinus tachycardia tell a different story.— Kate Meredith (@katemeredithp) May 3, 2020
Helplessly sad isn’t even the right description at this point. pic.twitter.com/n489uDSBZa
In the case of Porter and some other patients, it's not clear why their symptoms have remained. While she initially feared that she had contracted the virus a second time, additional tests and screenings have come back negative.
"I know it sounds crazy," Porter told NBC News, "But is this permanent?”
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