Updated Feb. 10, 2022
For some people, COVID-19 symptoms can last anywhere from four weeks to six months after testing positive for the virus. These patients, given the name "long haulers", have in theory recovered from the worst impacts of COVID-19 and have tested negative. However, they still have symptoms of what's being called "long COVID." There seems to be no consistent reason for this to happen.
This condition can affect anyone – old and young, otherwise healthy people and those battling other conditions. It has been seen in those who were hospitalized with COVID-19 and patients with very mild symptoms. Studies indicate that about 10% of people infected with COVID-19 will experience long-haul symptoms.
Get the latest on long COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Post-COVID-19 clinic in Sacramento helps long haulers (from KCRA 3 News)
What Is a COVID-Long Hauler? The People Whose COVID-19 Symptoms Won't Go Away (from Inside Edition)
If you have serious symptoms of illness, contact your primary care provider. UC Davis Health patients can use the MyUCDavisHealth symptom tracker to evaluate whether to seek help. Telehealth video visits and Express Care are also available.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and notify them of your COVID-19 symptoms.
If you test positive for COVID-19 at home, you can contact your primary care provider about a prescription for Paxlovid.
Patients who receive primary care or specialty care from UC Davis Health can schedule a telehealth video visit with Express Care.
To help limit spread of COVID-19, we have policies for visits to our hospital and outpatient clinics.
UC Davis Medical Center visitor policy