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During the past 2 weeks, a number of articles have been published discussing persistent symptoms in patients recovering from COVID-19. In this article, an Italian cohort was examined for acute COVID-19 symptoms, which were compared with post–COVID-19 persistent symptoms. Investigators identified fatigue as the most common acute symptom and also the most common persistent symptom. Dyspnea and joint pain were the other two symptoms in the top three for persistence during COVID-19 recovery.
Implications for transmission in post–COVID-19 recovery remain a mystery, but this provides helpful information on disease course for patients.
– Andrea Dotson, MD, MSPH
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
In Italy, a large proportion of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presented with symptoms (71.4% of 31 845 confirmed cases as of June 3, 2020).1 Common symptoms include cough, fever, dyspnea, musculoskeletal symptoms (myalgia, joint pain, fatigue), gastrointestinal symptoms, and anosmia/dysgeusia.2-4 However, information is lacking on symptoms that persist after recovery. We assessed persistent symptoms in patients who were discharged from the hospital after recovery from COVID-19.