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Science  07 Aug 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6504, pp. 614-617
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6504.614

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The list of lingering maladies from COVID-19 is longer and more varied than most doctors could have imagined. Ongoing problems include fatigue, a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, achy joints, foggy thinking, a persistent loss of sense of smell, and damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. The likelihood of a patient developing persistent symptoms is hard to pin down, because different studies track different outcomes and follow survivors for different lengths of time. And with the pandemic just months old, no one knows how far into the future symptoms will endure, and whether COVID-19 will spur the onset of chronic diseases. Researchers are now facing a familiar COVID-19 narrative: trying to make sense of a mystifying disease. Survivor studies are gearing up to better understanding symptoms that don't abate, how to help patients, who's at highest risk, and how to prevent long-term complications.

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