UW Health forewarns that COVID-19 symptoms can last months.

New research shows that hospitalized patients of COVID-19 can exhibit multiple COVID-19 symptoms for over 60 days. Photo: CDC, public domain.

Author: Sam Buisman

UW Health warns that severe cases of COVID-19 may have lasting symptoms for over two months.

Through a media release, UW Health officials spotlighted a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association that looked for lasting afflictions in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The study found that 55% of such patients still suffered from three or more COVID-19 symptoms 60 days after their symptoms began, with an additional 32% suffering from one or two symptoms.

UW Health Cheif Quality Officer Dr. Jeff Pothof said in the release that the coronavirus’s potential for such longevity is another reason why people must take it seriously.

“People can see serious, lasting effects from COVID-19 which is another reason why we want the public to physically distance and wear masks,” said Dr. Pothof. “You do not want to get this disease because you do not know how it will affect you.”

UW Health noted that COVID-19 is still a new disease to both the public and researchers, and that it will continue to update Wisconsinites as scientists’ understanding of the virus matures.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there have been 55,328 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and 949 resulting deaths.