More than 230,000 people in the U.S. have recovered from COVID-19, but many have lasting symptoms long after their initial infection. These symptoms include fatigue, muscle aches, rashes and even heart issues. There is not enough data yet on long-term consequences for people who have had the virus. However, survivors have been taking to social media and support groups to share what they are experiencing. The World Health Organization says that the average time from the start of the illness to recovery is about 2 weeks for mild cases, and between 3 to 6 weeks for those with severe or critical disease. But many people with mild disease have actually reported symptoms lasting far longer than 14 days. When a patient tests positive for antibodies against the virus that does not necessarily mean their symptoms will stop. Some patients may continue to feel symptoms from either pieces of the virus or the body’s continued response to the virus.
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