Signs to expect with the virus and when – NBC Chicago

For those who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, what signs should you watch for and how long can they last?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of COVID can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus. You can end isolation after five full days if you have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever medication and your other symptoms have improved.

The CDC says most people with COVID-19 “get better within days to weeks after infection.”

According to the CDC, the most common long-lasting symptoms include:

General symptoms

  • Tiredness or tiredness that interferes with daily life
  • Symptoms that worsen after physical or mental exertion (also called “post-exercise sickness”)
  • Fever

Respiratory and cardiac symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Rapidly beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)

Neurological symptoms

  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes called “brain fog”)
  • Headache
  • Sleep problems
  • Dizziness when you stand up (dizziness)
  • Pins and needles feelings
  • Change in smell or taste
  • Depression or anxiety

Digestive symptoms

Other symptoms

  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Eruption
  • Changes in menstrual cycles

For some, some symptoms may last even longer.

“Post-COVID conditions can include a wide range of ongoing health conditions,” the CDC states. “These conditions can last for weeks, months or years.”

A recent Northwestern Medicine study showed that many so-called COVID “long haulers” continue to experience symptoms, including brain fog, tingling, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus and fatigue on average 15 months after the appearance of the virus.

“Long haulers” are defined as people who have had symptoms of COVID for six weeks or more, the hospital system said.

But, according to the CDC, four weeks after infection is when post-COVID conditions could be first identified.

“Most people with post-COVID conditions experienced symptoms within days of being infected with SARS CoV-2 when they knew they had COVID-19, but some people with post-COVID conditions don’t. didn’t notice when they first had an infection,” the CDC says.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady also warned last week that people shouldn’t “try to get COVID out of the way” in part because of the risk of lengthy COVID symptoms. .

“We hear people trying to do that. It does nothing to help us get through COVID as a city,” she said. “It’s also potentially dangerous given that we don’t always know who is likely to have more severe outcomes, and there are people who have long COVID. Don’t think having COVID means you don’t “Never have COVID again. We’re seeing a lot of people getting re-infected with COVID. The vaccine is the most important thing for protection.

Symptoms of long COVID can range from a wide variety of ailments, some of which may even go away and then come back later.

“Post-COVID conditions may not affect everyone equally. People with post-COVID conditions may experience health problems of different types and combinations of symptoms occurring over different durations,” reports the CDC. “Most patient symptoms improve slowly over time. However, for some people, post-COVID conditions can last months or even years after COVID-19 illness and can sometimes lead to disability.”

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