How long does it take to recover from COVID-19?

How long people who have COVID-19 will remain ill is dependent on many factors, including age and underlying health conditions. Some people may remain asymptomatic throughout their whole infection or may have mild symptoms for just a few days. Many people with COVID-19 will experience fever, muscle aches, cough and/or shortness of breath. The fever may last for about 10 days. For the people who have severe disease, the illness may last much longer.

How long it takes to feel completely better will vary person to person. If you have mild symptoms, you can probably care for yourself at home. But if you are not feeling better after 7 days or if you have any symptoms that concern you, call your primary care doctor--do not go to the doctor’s office without calling ahead. And of course, if you are having trouble breathing, call 911 and tell them you think you might have COVID-19 and are having trouble breathing.

This is a graph of the number of days each symptom lasted for the first person diagnosed in the United States.

Last updated: March 19, 2020 1:00pm ET
Science review by: JAB, ERS