COVID can also lead to coughing as the virus can affect our respiratory tract, from nose to the lungs. Coughing is the body’s way to get rid of unwanted irritants such as viruses, dust and mucus. However, it can also promote spreading of the virus to others around the person coughing, especially in crowded places.
Coughing may persist for weeks, months or even a year after the initial COVID infection. Around 2.5% of people are still coughing a year after being infected with COVID, according to data from 2021.