This study states that The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. COVID-19 disease severity ranges from asymptomatic illness to death.1 Symptoms associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection are non-specific, making it difficult to distinguish COVID-19 from other diseases. Recent reports suggest that recovery from COVID-19 can be prolonged, even when initial symptoms are mild.2, 3 Effects of prolonged recovery on health-related quality of life, including physical health, mental health, and return to usual activities, have received little attention for COVID-19.

Descriptions of symptoms during the acute phase of COVID-19 have mainly relied on case series5, 6; few studies have reported symptom profiles and return to baseline health using a comparison group without COVID-19. The objective of this investigation was to compare symptom prevalence and recovery among adults with and without COVID-19 who were tested at outpatient health facilities for SARS-CoV-2 infection during July 2020. Participants were contacted by telephone beginning 14-26 days after patient’s test date. Participant demographics and self-reported underlying chronic medical conditions were entered into REDCap® software.8 Participants were asked how many days they felt unwell or had symptoms prior to getting tested. For each reported symptom or combination of symptoms.

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