COVID-19 symptoms can last a long time in pregnant women, researchers say.
The new study included 594 pregnant women, with average age 31, across the United States who tested positive for the new coronavirus but were not hospitalized. Nearly one-third were health care workers.
On average, the women were about 24 weeks’ pregnant when they joined the study.
The most common early symptoms were cough, at 20%, sore throat, at 16%, body aches, at 12%, and fever, at 12%. By comparison, fever occurs in 43% of hospital patients who are not pregnant.
For 6%, loss of taste or smell was the first symptom. Other symptoms included shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing, nausea, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea or dizziness.
While six out of 10 women had no symptoms after four weeks, symptoms lasted eight or more weeks for 25%, the study found.
Thirty-seven days was the median time for symptoms