While the death toll for the novel coronavirus pandemic rises daily, the percentage of people who recover from it remains promisingly high. According to WebMD, experts estimate the recovery rate for COVID-19 ranges from 97% to 99.75% given the number of confirmed cases worldwide. This estimate, however, does not include those who are infected but have not taken a test, as there is no other way to determine and record whether an individual has the disease or not. But those that do have it, or even suspect they have it, face a pressing question: How long does it take to recover from COVID-19?
Recovery Time for COVID-19
According to WebMD, it depends. For mild cases, it may take about two weeks to fully recover. For those with severe or critical cases, recovery time can range from three to six weeks. Recovery length is always measured starting from the day of infection—which isn’t the most straightforward to determine.
For many who contract the novel coronavirus, symptoms do not appear two to 14 days after infection. The types of symptoms those infected experience also vary. The most common coronavirus symptom is a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for adults. About nine in 10 people who test positive for COVID-19 experience high body temperature.
The second most common coronavirus symptom is a dry cough. According to WebMD, about 70% of COVID-19-positive individuals experience it. Still, a third of those infected also have a cough with mucus or phlegm. Other symptoms include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency warning signs or symptoms that prompt urgent medical attention include: trouble breathing, chest pain, confusion, inability to arouse, and blue hue to the lips or face.
When Is It Okay to End Self-Isolation?
If you are infected with COVID-19, the CDC recommends you remain in self-isolation until all of the following apply:
- You haven’t had a fever in 72 hours, without the aid of a fever relief medicine.
- Your symptoms have improved, but have not completely disappeared.
- It’s been 7 days since your symptoms have started or you’ve tested negative for COVID-19 twice 24 hours apart.
Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating cases of COVID-19 patients testing positive even after they’ve recovered. On Friday, 91 COVID-19 patients believed to be ready to be discharged from a hospital in South Korea tested positive for the virus once more.
More COVID-19 Questions and Answers
- Will COVID-19 be gone by summer?
- Wondering if it’s safe to bring groceries or take-out into your home?
- What are the proper cleaning methods for your home during the pandemic?
Parentology will continue to keep you updated on questions we all have during this time.