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How long does the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection last?

The infection period for the novel coronavirus will vary from person to person. Mild symptoms in an otherwise healthy individual may resolve over just a few days. Similar to influenza, for an individual with other ongoing health issues, such as a respiratory condition or other illness causing a low immune system, recovery may take weeks and in severe cases could be potentially fatal.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 28 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 05 Mar 2020
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Category: SARS

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