How long Does Covid 19 last?

How long Does Covid 19 last?

How long Does Covid 19 last?


Although relatively new, covid-19 has proven to be one of the most dangerous medical conditions in the world. If you have been diagnosed with this viral infection and are experiencing sneezing and coughing, you will be quite contagious and a possible threat to the people around you. Of course, now you may not exhibit any symptoms because you are either asymptomatic positive or are currently in the incubation period after receiving treatment. But even, you may spread it to other people around you if they are in close contact. 

The virus covid-19 primarily spreads through the respiratory droplets. These droplets are produced and travel quite far when you sneeze or cough. But you may also spread these drops simply by talking and breathing in close proximities. That’s why the health and safety authorities have for long been emphasising the importance of hand sanitisers, regular hand washes, wearing a face mask in public, and social distancing in the public spaces. These measures are for your safety and well-being. That’s why you should follow them properly. 

Around ten days after being diagnosed with this infection, most patients stop being contagious. But that is after their symptoms have alleviated. Are you one of those who tested positive for covid-19 but aren’t exhibiting any symptoms even after ten days? Then, you are not likely to be contagious. But it would be best if you still refrained from coming in contact with anyone, as there are some exceptions. So it is vital that you strictly follow the rules.

How Long Does Covid-19 Last In Mild Cases?

The severity of covid-19 symptoms depends on several factors, including age, the condition of your immune system, any chronic medical condition you may be suffering from etc. Although much research has already been done on this infectious disease, it is still new. So it will take more research and analysis to understand the symptoms of the coronavirus to the full extent. 

Covid 19 how long does it last depends on the severity of the symptoms. A few of the common symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing, runny nose and congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Fever and chills
  • Breathlessness
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Muscle aches
  • Diarrhoea

If your symptoms are mild, you will likely recover in just around 10 to 14 days. But it can be even longer for some people. A few surveys have shown that roughly a third of the people with mild symptoms have not been able to return to their normal health even after three weeks to a month after being tested positive. But these patients still won’t require hospitalisation. 

How Long Does Covid 19 Last In Severe Cases?

According to the experts, one in every five adults has experienced more severe symptoms (which may worsen within days), worsening their condition. These symptoms may include breathlessness and severe cough and cold with a high fever of over 100.4℉. In addition, the doctors have found this virus affecting the patients’ lungs and destroying the cells within. 

Your body will start defending itself against the virus, potentially causing pneumonia. Around 14% of the people affected with the virus required oxygen support and ventilators. Unfortunately, about 6% of these patients may also have comprehensive organ failure, resulting in death. 

So with life support, the doctors keep the severe patients in isolation for more than 20 days until their condition is more stable and safe to be discharged.

Recent studies have shown that the Covid-19 virus can survive in the air for more than 3 hours in an aerosol form, a fine mist in the air. But the humidity in the air and temperature play an essential role. Another study suggested that some viruses tend to survive longer in a colder climate. So SARS-CoV-2 can be seasonal in some parts of the world. 

Other than that, SARS-CoV-2 can be spread through respiratory droplets when you sneeze, cough or talk in close proximity to someone. These droplets can be airborne for around 8 to 14 minutes and can affect anyone during that time. 

If you have any other queries regarding covid 19 and how long it lasts, you may get in touch with the experts at Germanten Hospitals.

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