What Melbourne's 'long COVID' clinic is teaching us about the illness

One in three people who are infected with the virus suffer for months, here's what we know so far about it

Most people who get COVID-19 suffer the common symptoms of fever, cough and breathing problems, and recover in a week or two.

But some people, estimated to be roughly 10-30% of people who are infected with the virus, suffer persistent symptoms colloquially known as “long COVID”.

Why do some people recover quickly, while others’ symptoms continue for months? This question has proved to be one of the most challenging to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

While there’s no definitive answer yet, there are a few leading theories put forward by

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