What Is the Recovery Time for the Coronavirus?

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In December 2019, a new (novel) version of coronavirus appeared in the province of Wuhan, China. By March 2020, this virus, named COVID-19, had spread globally to many other nations throughout the world, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify the spread as a pandemic. No vaccine has been developed for COVID-19, and researchers are working to find an effective treatment for the symptoms, which can cause pneumonia in both lungs.

The novel coronavirus only causes mild symptoms in some patients, but it leads to much more severe symptoms in others. That means recovery times can vary a great deal, depending on the patient and the severity of the disease. Here’s a look at some incubation and recovery information for COVID-19 as well as tips on how to protect yourself, how to recognize the various symptoms and what to do if you feel sick.