Get News & Updates Directly To Your Inbox
Delicious recipes, helpful cooking and nutrition tips. Find food preparation videos and "ask the dietitian!"
Find A Doctor Or Hospital In Your Network.
Here are some common ones.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says:
This is a new virus, so we are still learning about it. Based on what we know so far, if you didn’t have a bad case, you can be around others after:
If you have a badly weakened immune system, talk to your doctor before being around others. Most people do not need testing to decide when they can be around others. If your doctor advises testing, they will let you know based on test results.
Harvard Medical School says this is not fully understood.
Some studies show that COVID-19 antibody levels stay in the blood for two to three months after infection. It appears “the immune system would be ready to react quickly and strongly if re-exposed to the COVID-19 virus.” The current science shows you are less likely to get reinfected within three months of a prior infection. And that the level of immunity people build after recovery does not depend on the how sick they were.
But it’s not clear how well the immune response will protect against a new infection. And no one knows how long it might last.
The American Red Cross says you may be able to help others. Patients who have fully recovered may have antibodies in their blood plasma that may help people with bad COVID-19 infections.
Because COVID-19 hasn’t been around long, it’s hard to know for sure.
The American Heart Association says some people have symptoms that continue after COVID. Examples are:
Older people and people with many serious health problems are the most likely to have lingering issues, says Mayo Clinic. Common ones are cough, headache and joint pain. Although COVID-19 is seen as a disease that mostly affects the lungs, it can harm many other organs. That can cause long-term health problems.
If you’re worried about how you’re feeling, think about checking in with your doctor.
A Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association© Copyright 2021 Health Care Service Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Telligent is an operating division of Verint Americas, Inc., an independent company that provides and hosts an online community platform for blogging and access to social media for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.
File is in portable document format (PDF). To view this file, you may need to install a PDF reader program. Most PDF readers are a free download. One option is Adobe® Reader® which has a built-in screen reader. Other Adobe accessibility tools and information can be downloaded at http://access.adobe.com.