In the months since the novel coronavirus exploded into a pandemic, we have heard a range of stories about those who have been stricken by the disease — the vast majority with mild symptoms, but an increasing number needing to be hospitalized. But what about those who were reported to have recovered from the illness, which has no inoculation or cure? While the telltale symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, have been well-publicized, there’s been less information about the long-term health of people who contract COVID-19 and recover. In part, that’s because the virus is new. The first cases emerged in Wuhan, China, in December, so even the very first people who contracted COVID-19 and recovered are less than six months out from when they were initially infected. Still, there are insights we can glean from preliminary data about COVID-19 patients in the United States released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and from what we know about the long-term effects of other respiratory diseases, experts say. What other respiratory diseases can tell us about COVID-19 Roughly 80% of COVID-19 cases reported in China, were considered mild, according to the CDC. Dr.

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