Nearly All COVID Long Haulers Have This in Common, New Study Finds

A recent study found that these COVID patients' symptoms linger longer than you'd think.

While people with COVID may be relieved once their symptoms seem to lessen and they're cleared to leave quarantine, the virus can linger in unexpected ways. Many COVID patients have been reporting that their symptoms don't go away after 14 days. These patients, known as COVID long-haulers, are suffering for far more than a few of weeks. One recent study found that nearly all long COVID patients—96 percent, to be exact—see their symptoms last more than 90 days. Read on to learn more about the most common long-lasting coronavirus symptoms, and for more symptoms to be aware of, These Are The Most Common Early Signs You Have COVID, Study Finds.

The study, in a preprint shared by medRxiv on Dec. 27, surveyed 3,762 people from 56 countries aged 30 to 59 who experienced COVID symptoms for longer than 28 days. The study aimed "to characterize the symptom profile and time course in patients with Long COVID, along with the impact on daily life, work, and return to baseline health." The researchers found that 96 percent of long COVID patients—that is, those experiencing symptoms after 28 days—didn't return to baseline health for over three months, and the majority of patients still experienced symptoms seven months after diagnosis.

According to the study, the three most commonly reported symptoms were fatigue, post-exertional malaise, and cognitive dysfunction. Researchers found that certain behaviors seem to trigger symptoms: The study noted that about 86 percent of participants experienced relapses in symptoms when they exercised, engaged in physical or mental activity, or experienced stress.

A significant portion of the participants required an adjusted work schedule due to their symptoms. According to the survey, about 45 percent of participants reported needing a reduced work schedule after COVID, and about 22 percent of people were not working at the time of the survey due to the severity of their COVID symptoms.

The study identified a total of 205 symptoms that can affect up to 10 different organs in the body. Read on for the 15 symptoms long COVID patients most commonly reported six months after their diagnosis, and for more on the future of the pandemic, Dr. Fauci Just Said These 5 Very Scary Words About COVID-19.

Speech or language issues

Cropped view of the lower facial features and closed mouth of a young woman with a serene calm expression and long dark hair

About 37 percent

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Joint pain

Man with wrist pain

About 37 percent

Chest tightness

Man grabbing his chest in pain outside

About 37 percent


Woman with costochondritis chest pain

About 37 percent

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Dizziness or balance issues

Woman experiencing dizziness

About 38 percent

Shortness of breath

Girl at home can't breathe

About 40 percent

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Muscle aches

neck and shoulder pain, old woman suffering from neck and shoulder injury, health problem concept

About 42 percent


Woman having heart pain

About 42 percent


white woman awake with her hand on her forehead in bed

About 44 percent

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Memory issues

depressed senior person sitting in bed cannot sleep from insomnia

About 52 percent


Woman with a headache

About 54 percent

Neurologic sensations

Woman with tingling in hand

About 56 percent

And for more long-term coronavirus complications, learn The "Really Disturbing" Long COVID Symptom Doctors Want You to Prepare For.

Brain fog

Older woman confused about ipad

About 58 percent

Post-exertional malaise

Young woman rubbing head wearing casuals and yellow gloves cleaning carpet with liquid soap

About 72 percent


Fatigued man resting on couch

About 80 percent

And for signs you could be facing long COVID, If You Have These 5 Symptoms, You're at Risk of Long COVID.

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