Threats of increase in the percentage of “won’t recover completely patients” are hitting our heads. Post-recovery measures are as important to take as pre-infection measures are. Ignorance can lead to long term consequences like the AIDS epidemic.
Every infectious disease leaves its marks on the health of its victim. Especially viral infections are not so easy to treat due to the least antibiotics effect. Viruses take control of some targeted organs of the body. Even after the end of its control, the effected parts take time to finish the road of recovery completely. This surely happens in every viral infection. Measles is a disease that gives its patient a long-lasting immunity and its nearly unlikely to get measles twice. Even this disease also leaves lingering effects like permanent brain damage and hair loss. So post-recovery effects are something beyond immunity and it leaves long-lasting consequences. To close your eyes off from COVID-19 post-recovery effects is not that easy.
Chronic fatigue syndrome: the most common lingering effect of post-recovery symptoms is fatigue. This fatigue may vary from mild, lasting for a few days, to as severe as to develop chronic fatigue syndrome. This syndrome is a major threat in post-COVID-19 life also. This condition causes continuous fatigue and doesn’t allow to return to work completely. Even this fatigue can make a person physically or mentally immobilize. The pathophysiology of this syndrome is not fully known but it surely happens due to lack of energy if a patient remains stick to his bed during infection he is more prone to chronic fatigue syndrome. As COVID-19 does not allow patients to go to work so chances of CFS are high. It has been seen that CFS lasts for 6 months but in some cases, it may persist for a year or more.
To prevent this horrible syndrome effects do not remain lethargic during the periods of illness try to take a walk within your room if possible and eat healthy fruits and vegetables to restore your energy. After discharge, if you feel weakness then practice energy-filled drinks and sunlight for vitamin D. Cut back on fatty foods, avoid fizzy drinks, and exercise more. To ditch fatigue is only possible by addressing your allergies, reducing your stress, and a balanced diet.
As the COVID-19 common symptoms have been seen, it is evident that this virus especially affects the respiratory system, digestive system, and somehow kidneys and heart.
Respiratory system problems: the sequelae of COVID-19 on one’s respiratory system will depend on the severity of the infection he has gained. Corona patients may have to face breathing difficulties and lungs malfunctioning in their post-recovery life. The risk to get acute respiratory distress syndrome increases as coronavirus can affect its victim’s lungs greatly and a form of lung failure might happen in the form of ARDS. This syndrome is itself so fatal that it takes one’s life. If a person already has some respiratory issues like a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease then the condition can go uncontrollable.
Preventive measures to avoid respiratory issues: It’s necessary to avoid smoking or use of alcohol. Avoid work with dust or in the dusty areas. Test for radon and take spirometry test whenever you feel breathing difficulties.
Digestive system problems: patients who have suffered from diarrhea and indigestion related symptoms have greater possibilities to face digestion and absorption difficulties. It’s likely to develop dehydration due to diarrhea and this dehydration, if not handled carefully, might result in chronic dehydration. Food poisoning and stomach burns can also strike because the digestive system goes wrong. Electrolyte imbalance may also occur because of diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration and this imbalance will lead to muscle spasm.
To avoid these situations take hygienic, fully cooked, and a healthy diet. Take plenty of freshwater. Take oral rehydration solutions and water-rich fruits like watermelon, cucumber, coconut juice, etc.
Delirium: COVID-19 has given its sudden appearance not only like a disease but also like a fear trigger. Some studies say that about 75% of people are seen with facing a delirium of hospital and delirium of loneliness. According to Merck manual: delirium is characterized by an inability to pay attention, disorientation, an inability to think clearly, and fluctuations in the level of alertness. This condition is a psychological problem and if left untreated can lead to mental illness and even memory loss.
To deal with delirium try to do activities that sedate your brain and make some yoga-like sedating exercises part of your daily life like wide-legged forward bend pose, sphinx pose, and forward fold pose.
Kidney problems, heart problems, sepsis, trauma, physical issues, all things have to be managed as post-recovery care.
To control a syndrome after syndrome its necessary to give more support for post-COVID patients, both mentally and physically. An NHS spokesperson said: ” While we emerge from the peak of coronavirus, next phase of the health service’s response to coronavirus will mean expanding and strengthening community health and care services in new ways, as well as setting up extra psychological care for staff.”
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