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Long-haul COVID isn't just for people who had cases severe enough to be hospitalized. A new study published in JAMA Infectious Diseases has found that nearly a third of mild COVID cases still experience symptoms six months later.
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The most common lasting symptoms were fatigue and loss of smell and taste, but other patients reported brain fog too. And 8% of people said COVID still stopped them doing everyday activities six months later.
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"We were surprised to have one-third of people with mild illness still experiencing symptoms. If you contract coronavirus, there's a good chance you could experience a lingering effect."
Jennifer Logue, lead researcher, University of Washington Department of Medicine
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And another study published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society in January found that people could experience COVID symptoms three months after diagnosis, whether their initial case was severe or not.