Long COVID recovery is finally getting the attention it deserves in the US

One reason ‌why recovery times are so difficult to estimate is because COVID-19 infections affect multiple organs in the body. “When a virus damages the body in multiple ways, you’re going to have different timelines for recovery,” says [Dr.] Shruti Gohil, an assistant professor of infectious diseases and associate medical director at the University of California, Irvine. For example, she says an injured nerve is going to take more time to repair than an upper respiratory tract that’s causing congestion.