The duration of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, can vary widely. Some people may experience only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, while others may become severely ill and require hospitalization. Most people who contract the virus will recover within a few weeks, but some may experience longer-term effects. In rare cases, COVID-19 can be fatal.
The severity of the illness can depend on a number of factors, including the person’s age, overall health, and underlying medical conditions. People who are older or who have underlying health issues such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes may be at higher risk for severe illness or complications.
It is important to follow guidance from public health officials and to take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, such as wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and practicing physical distancing.