If people read the research and study the effects of COVID on the human body, they’d note that fatigue is the most common symptom. During days of COVID infection and even after, patients can feel unusually tired, dull, and without energy.
In fact, most people with COVID feel almost incapable of doing day-to-day tasks. Depending on the infection’s intensity, it can take two to three weeks for people to recover from COVID.
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COVID Fatigue Short Term
Short-term COVID fatigue means that a certain group of patients may experience this symptom, but it does not last beyond two to three weeks of the infection. These symptoms are mild, and the pain and brain fog resulting from it does not last long either.
COVID Fatigue Long Term
According to medical research, there is a wide percentage of people who develop COVID and suffer its impacts even long after they have recovered and tested negative. Many continue to feel fatigued and show other symptoms for months after the infection, which doctors describe as the long-haul effects of COVID.
Symptoms of long-term COVID include pain, brain fog, fatigue, and lethargy or low energy. While it’s not yet clear what causes the lasting effects, medical experts believe the symptoms resemble myalgic encephalomyelitis.
Other Symptoms of COVID
Apart from fatigue, there is a range of other symptoms that people can commonly experience, ranging from severe to mild. While some symptoms may only last for two to fourteen days of the infection period, others can suffer prolonged symptoms, including:
- Vomiting or nausea
- Runny nose or congestion
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell or taste
- Breathing difficulties
- Body aches and muscle pain
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of ability to perform tasks
- Chills or fever
This is not a definite list of COVID symptoms. In fact, the infection is an ongoing health concern, and as more variants develop, the pattern of symptoms evolves too. Moreover, people who suffer from underlying and serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, lung problems, or cardiovascular issues, can face greater risks that can be even worse.
COVID-19 is an evolving health condition, and the infection spreads by coming into contact with infected people. While some can be asymptomatic, meaning they experience no symptoms at all, others can experience a range of symptoms.
Out of all the symptoms ranging from mild to severe, people most commonly experience fatigue. In the short term COVID-19 effects, the fatigue feeling does not last beyond two or three weeks. For those who unfortunately suffer long-haul COVID-19, the symptoms, especially fatigue, can continue for months.