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Research from the University of Washington determined that 30 percent of patients reported symptoms lasting as long as 9 months. Fatigue, shortness of breath, sleep disorders, and other symptoms were mentioned by recovered patients.

“The magnitude of the problem is not fully known,” Fauci said. Health professionals have been working to diagnose and treat individuals with long-term COVID-19 symptoms. However, there has been a limited number of studies that would help determine which symptoms persist and how long they typically last. The main focus has been on individuals that are fighting for their lives when approached with the virus.

The National Institutes of Health has started studying the long-term effects of COVID-19 and potential treatments for individuals. “What makes some people vulnerable while others recover quickly and have no sequelae?” he asked.

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