The second wave of Covid – 19 has brought hard times into the lives of all of us. We all know that asymptomatic or mild symptomatic Covid infection can be treated at home isolation and doesn’t require hospitalization if further complications doesn’t occur. But the virus can cause a number of complications even after one becomes Covid negative due to which some of the symptoms can linger in post Covid situation.
Patients with mild Covid-19 symptoms can take around 2 – 3 weeks to recover, while the patients with moderate to severe infection take around 4 weeks to recover. If you are someone who has recovered from Covid or if you have someone in your family who has recovered recently, here are some important that you must know.
What complications are expected after getting cured of Covid?
Post-Covid complications are being studied and can affect both mental and physical health. Older people and people with many serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience post COVID-19 symptoms, but even young can feel unwell for weeks to months after infection.
Common signs and symptoms that linger over time include:
• Fatigue or weakness , lack of energy
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Joint pain
• Chest pain
• Issues with memory, concentration
• Sleep issues
• Muscle pain or headache
• Fast or pounding heartbeat
• Loss of smell or taste
• Depression or anxiety
• Dizziness when you stand
• Worsened symptoms after physical or mental activities
What best can be done to get healthy and back in the normal flow of life?
After having recovered from infection, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle and also take note of any alarming signals. Here are some tips you need to know to maintain a good post Covid health.
1. Perform breathing exercises: It is important that you perform breathing or lung exercises after recovering from Covid to strengthen your lungs & respiratory system. Simple yogic breathing exercises, blowing candles and spirometer test can help strengthen the lungs and cure breathlessness.
2. Have a nutritious eating routine: One of the most fundamental practices is to intake nutrient and supplement rich meal to help speeding the recovery. Coronavirus opens the body to a ton of stress and the medicines can likewise debilitate your body. A few patients additionally experience unexplained weight reduction or weight gain. Thus, try to have a well-organized eating regimen loaded with organic products, fruits, vegetables, eggs and safe poultry to compensate for the lost appetite and regain the immunity. Eat protein and antioxidant-rich foods. Keep in mind, your body is just barely attempting to return to full power. Thus, try avoiding junk foods or processed food.
3. Stay hydrated: Though you might not feel like having a lot of water, it’s absolutely important to keep yourself well hydrated. Apart from water, you can also drink coconut water, fruit juices, warm milk etc.
4. Work on your memory: In order to regain the lost attention, cognitive thinking abilities, and memory, invest some of your days’ time in playing puzzles, memory games and activities that will make you think harder. Formulate ways in which you can energize the mind. Start with those activities which will challenge your memory. The key is going slowly yet accomplishing something for your brain each day.
5. Pace down: It is recommended not to hope to jump back to your normal life routine right after you get back home. Henceforth, give yourself at least some time to gradually return to your old everyday practices for example your job & household chores or even socialising. Take time while recovering each day. Keep in mind that you have recently battled an illness that severely attacked your immune system. Hence, it will be smart to get into your old routine step by step, instead of simply taking a plunge.
6. Stay positive: It is important to stay positive and mentally strong while you are recovering. Remember, you are a warrior and have recovered a severe infection. But sometimes, even after recovery, you might feel traumatised, anxious or depressed about what has already happened. To take care of your mental health, meditate and do things that you like to keep yourself positive.
7. Focus on alarming signals, if any: Whether it is breathlessness or an intense headache or an episode of fatigue or issues with digestion ,it is essential to focus on any noticeable signs that your body isn’t approving the post-COVID situation. Stay in constant touch with your doctor and take action if any health emergency occurs.
8. Get a post Covid health check-up done: Although COVID -19 primarily affects the lungs & respiratory system; it is seen also causing damage many other organs as well including the heart, brain, liver & kidney. This organ damage may increase the risk of long-term health problems. So it is always better to consult a doctor and get a post Covid health check-up done accordingly your symptoms.
Neotia Getwel Healthcare Centre has a Complete Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Department to evaluate & treat post Covid health issues in a multidisciplinary treatment approach. If you are going through any of the above mentioned symptoms post Covid infection, do not delay; kindly consult a doctor. Book an appointment here.