As more patients recuperating from the deadly virus return to what they hoped would be some form of normalcy, it's becoming increasingly apparent that long-term symptoms could accompany them.
One young patient who had improved after three weeks of rest saw symptoms return sporadically over the past five months.
The emphasis was initially placed on speedily saving patients' lives amid the pandemic. As doctors gradually learned more about the coronavirus and lowered mortality rates, however, scientists and medical experts have shifted their focus to the 23 million people worldwide who have survived the infection.
While prolonged recovery times were not out of the ordinary for patients hospital-stricken by pneumonia, many clinicians say that the number of COVID-19 patients with lingering issues is much higher than is seen with other viral illnesses, The Economist reported.
Additionally, some underlying issues may be "unmasked" by the disease, depending on the severity of the infection, according to Scientific American.
While much remains unknown to doctors fighting the disease, coronavirus hallmarks such as lung damage, breathing problems, blood clots, heart inflammation, headaches and other neurological issues and extreme fatigue may help them identify additional treatment options.