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The One Sure Sign You've Already Had Coronavirus

50% of COVID-19 sufferers have felt this symptom.

As COVID-19 spikes in many hotspots around the United States, countries around the world are grappling with the impact of the virus—and studying patients who have had it, to unlock its secrets. Now, a study out of Jerusalem has discovered something everyone should know: 50% of coronavirus patients experience general weakness after fighting the virus, no matter how bad it was.

"At least half of coronavirus patients continue to suffer from general weakness and breathing difficulties at least weeks and possibly months after recovery, preliminary results of an Israeli research show," reports i24. "The Pulmonary Institute at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem released its findings to media Sunday, which pertain to dozens of COVID-19 patients from mild to moderate and serious conditions. Around 50 percent suffer from symptoms after recovering, with no relation to the severity of the disease."

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General Weakness and Other Symptoms

"Moreover, the research found that patients mildly affected can have long-term pulmonary damage while those who were in serious condition do not necessarily report similar difficulties," reports i24. Prof Gabriel Izbicki, director of the Pulmonary Institute and initiator of the research, said that "among the symptoms we examined, we found a general weakness in most subjects, complaints of coughing and/or shortness of breath, the occurrence of fibrosis/pulmonary embolism, obstruction, and suspected pulmonary hypertension."

The research is still continuing. "We welcome any Israel-based COVID-19 patients who have been treated and released either in a hospital or in a 'coronavirus hotel' to participate in the study," Izbicki said. "The earlier on in your post-treatment the better so that we can best analyze these symptoms for the betterment of future patients."

The Virus is Spiking Around the Nation

The findings come at a time when it's essential for every human to be aware of the risks and symptoms of COVID-19. Although cases nationwide are falling, the Midwest is becoming a hotzone. "Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday the state had reached an 'unfortunate milestone' by reporting at least one case of the virus in every county. The state's infection rate, she said, 'continues an alarming trend in the wrong direction,'" according to CNN. "In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear warned cases could spike again as the state reported more deaths last week than 'in any other week battling the virus.' Beshear said the state is seeing 'troubling signs' and is at 'the same moment that Kentucky was at in the beginning of the summer.' "More people are trying to get out of the quarantine than the health department has recommended," the governor said.

Now, leaders are imploring citizens to use caution. The nation's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci strongly recommends avoiding public gatherings, indoor events and—when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain—covering your face and nose. In addition, wash your hands frequently. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek