If You Have These 5 Symptoms, You're at Risk of Long COVID

Researchers say this is a strong predictor of how long your coronavirus case could last.

For many people who get infected, COVID is no easy thing to endure. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you can be around people 10 days after your symptoms appear, that's only if your symptoms are improving. And for some, getting better takes longer than that. In fact, many patients are left with symptoms that linger for months, which is commonly referred to as "long COVID." Since the virus manifests differently from person to person, how can you tell if you'll have a short-lived case or lingering complications? According to research, there are five specific symptoms that are predictive of long COVID. Keep reading to find out more about your risk factors, and for more coronavirus news, Dr. Fauci Just Said These 5 Very Scary Words About COVID-19.

In a recent study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, researchers from King's College London analyzed data from 4,182 COVID patients who logged their symptoms in the COVID Symptom Study app. Out of those patients, 558 had symptoms that lasted 28 days or more, which is considered long COVID. Moreover, 189 had symptoms for eight weeks or more, and 95 had them for 12 weeks or more.

According to the study, there were five symptoms during the first week that were most predictive of long COVID in patients: fatigue, headache, difficulty breathing, hoarse voice, and muscle pain.

Having one of these symptoms, however, wouldn't necessarily be a problem. Researchers concluded that more than 16 percent of those with more than five symptoms during the first week of the virus went on to have long COVID. According to the study, the number of symptoms was the strongest risk factor of long COVID for all age groups and sexes.

The study pointed to other risk factors for long COVID, including age and gender, with older individuals and women more likely to be affected. And while certain early symptoms were predictive of a long COVID case, there were also specific symptoms that were more commonly reported by those in the later stages of a long-term coronavirus infection. Read on for a look at these long COVID symptoms, and for more symptoms to be aware of, This Rare Symptom Could Mean You Have a Severe COVID Case.

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Cardiac symptoms

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Short-term COVID patients who experienced this: .5 percent

Long-term COVID patients who experienced this: 6.1 percent

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2
Concentration or memory issues

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Short-term COVID patients who experienced this: .2 percent

Long-term COVID patients who experienced this: 4.1 percent

And for more coronavirus risk factors, This Common Habit Could Make Your COVID Risk Much Higher, Doctors Say.

3
Tinnitus and earache

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Short-term COVID patients who experienced this: .2 percent

Long-term COVID patients who experienced this: 3.6 percent

And for more symptoms you need to know, This Is the "Strongest, Most Consistent" Sign You Have COVID, Study Says.

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Peripheral neuropathy symptoms

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Short-term COVID patients who experienced this: .5 percent

Long-term COVID patients who experienced this: 2 percent

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