It’s such a blessing to be completely healed from the coronavirus. Yet several of us wonder how long it takes to heal from it, and how dangerous it would be if you had medical problems. Is it impossible to return to full fitness or not?

The recovery time of an infected person depends on how sick he/she is first. The key reasons why people get more seriously ill with coronavirus are age and health conditions. The sicker they are, the longer recovery and more care they must undergo. So how long will it take if you experience moderate and serious symptoms? Does it have a long-term effect on your health and is there a chance that you will have another coronavirus after the recovery?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) on a review of Chinese data, it takes an average of two weeks to recover if you have mild symptoms of COVID-19. A person who has mild symptoms typically experiences cough, fever, body aches, sore throat and headaches and needs plenty of fluids, rest and medication such as paracetamol. Meanwhile, breathing is tough for those who have more severe symptoms, and lungs are inflamed as the immune system is trying to fight back to endure collateral harm. It takes two to eight weeks to recover and needs oxygen medication in the hospital.

In regard to the long-term effect of coronavirus in our health, it is not as clear as what physicians claim but they can look at other conditions. There are some mild cases of the coronavirus that might leave patients with long-term health problems like fatigue, so mental health support is needed to improve recovery as Dr. James Gill said, a Warwick general practitioner (GP) and lecturer. For those recovered patients good hygiene and keeping a safe distance from ill people is the best way not to be infected again with the virus as no one knows how long antibodies will last in their body. Having the virus once doesn’t mean you can’t have it again, so be careful and be alert.

Let’s remain safe and hopeful as there are 1,021,000 recovered patients from the coronavirus as of May 1, 2020. Stay home, wash your hands frequently with soap and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Let’s practice self-discipline and be cautious about what’s happening around us.