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When is someone with Covid-19 considered to have recovered?

There isn’t a single definition of recovery. 

According to a team of global health experts at the Meedan Digital Health Lab, a review of Covid-19 recovery guidelines shows that two criteria are common when determining if a patient has recovered: the patient no longer has symptoms and the patient’s test result is negative.

However, the fact that mild symptoms can “persist over long periods of time – weeks to months” complicates determining whether someone has recovered.


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