Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or “long-COVID”.
Many people feel better in a few days or weeks, and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks. But for some people, symptoms can last longer.
The chances of having long-term symptoms do not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first get COVID-19.
People who had mild symptoms at first can still have long-term problems.
Dr. Lynda Williams, President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners notes: “This what we have been saying to people repeatedly. You do not know how COVID-19 will affect you because your body has never had any experience with it before and what we have found is that people who have only had mild forms of the disease have since gone on to develop long-COVID and other morbidities.” (IMC1)
This article appears in the September 10 edition of COVID Dispatch. Read the full publication here.