Covid: why cough persists after illness and what to do against it

  • Natasha Yates
  • The Conversation*

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Cough may persist for weeks or months after the infection has cleared

Cough is a socially awkward symptom, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

The problem is that the cough can persist for weeks or months after the infection is gone. About 2.5% of people continue to cough a year after being infected with Covid.

A recurring cough can hamper your ability to work, leave you with medical bills to pay, and lead you to avoid social engagements because, after all, you don’t want others to be afraid that you’re spreading covid.

As a general practitioner, I hear patients ask me if there’s anything that can fix their post-covid cough. Next, I share my answer.

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