What experts saying about physical health after covid situation?

What experts saying about physical health after covid situation?

COVID has been a challenge for all of us. It is a miraculous disease and Janvi Multispeciality Hospital as experts in medical fields, we are still finding out ways to recover from it.

COVID is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has affected the masses physically and mentally. India has already experienced two waves of COVID and now our disease control measures have slightly improved.

Most people are vaccinated. This has helped us to build immunity and deal with it in a better way.

People with COVID have breathing issues, cough, and fever. During the second wave of COVID, people had different symptoms other than this.

The virus can mutate. Due to this, it becomes difficult to treat it. Here are some critical findings that we, as medical experts have noticed after COVID.

These are some of the issues that we are commonly watching in the people who have suffered from COVID.

How likely is health to fully recover after COVID?

COVID is referred to as Corona by the general public. The ability to  fully recover after suffering from Corona depends on many factors such as:

  • The intensity of damage that it has caused to your internal organs
  • Comorbidities of other diseases in the patient
  • Your immunity levels

Recovery from COVID also depends on the intensity of the infection. Broadly speaking, we classify COVID in two stages:

1. Acute COVID

People with mild COVID do not need to get admitted to hospitals whereas people with acute COVID need to get admitted. The symptoms of acute COVID can be seen up to 4 weeks after the person is infected.

People with mild infections face fewer problems with recovery. In critical cases, if you need to be put on a BI-Pap or a ventilator, then recovery is delayed.

If people have other comorbidities like diabetes or heart-related problems with acute COVID that need hospitalization then, they require more time to recover from it. The exact recovery time cannot be pinpointed as it differs from person to person.

2. Long COVID

‘Long COVID’ has been observed in the case of patients who have persistent symptoms of COVID even after recovering from COVID.

According to WHO, “Nearly 10 to 20% of the people who have suffered from COVID experience long-term effects of COVID.”

Long COVID is also termed a ‘post-COVID condition’ by some medical experts. If the symptoms of the disease continue after 3-months of getting infected then it can be termed a ‘long COVID or Post-COVID’ condition.

People suffering from it experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Confusion
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Loss of concentration ability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Psychological effects

These signs continue even after they have recovered from COVID. They can last for a long time. Re-happening of COVID can also be observed.

Can Long-COVID be transmitted to other people?

No. The reason why it cannot be transmitted is that the person experiencing the symptoms has already suffered from COVID.

The patient does not have an active COVID infection and is not a carrier of the virus. It is just that the patient is experiencing the symptoms of the disease even after recovery.

Since the virus is not active in the patient’s body, there is no chance of transmission.

Do vaccines help in preventing post-COVID conditions?

Post-COVID conditions are faced by people who have already suffered from this disease. Vaccines cannot prevent the after-effects of the disease.

But research work is going on regarding the efficacy of vaccines and it is for sure that it offers protection against COVID. It is in our interest to get vaccinated.

What is the duration of the post-COVID condition?

As said earlier, it depends on various factors and can differ from person to person. Research is going on in this field.

As medical experts, we believe the post-COVID condition can last for weeks or months, depending on how your body reacts to it.

Who is more prone to the risk of developing the post-COVID condition?

According to the WHO, there is no apparent link between the severity of COVID infection that you might have suffered earlier and experiencing the post-COVID condition.

We have observed that 10% to 20% of the patients develop post-COVID conditions.

How to avoid post-COVID conditions?

Even after contracting COVID, it is not certain whether you will get the post-COVID condition.

The chances of getting it depends pretty much on your level of immunity and how your body reacts to it.

The best way is to stay safe by following COVID-appropriate behavior and avoiding getting COVID in the first place.

Vaccines can also help you to stay protected against COVID. By adhering to proper COVID behavior, you can minimize the risk of contracting COVID.

Should you get vaccinated if you already have a post-COVID condition?

There is no risk in taking the COVID vaccine even if you are suffering from persistent COVID. On the contrary, it can help you prevent any infections in the future.

There is no need to worry that the vaccine might worsen the post-COVID symptoms. Vaccines are safe.

Are there any treatments available to deal with the post-COVID condition?

Fatigue, breathing issues, chest discomfort, and cough are the main issues in post-COVID conditions. Although, food supplements can be recommended it is not a treatment in itself.

In case you are working then you need to take breaks at regular intervals, and do time management.

With time management you can schedule important tasks first. This way you need to do tasks in small chunks to avoid feeling tired.

In addition to this, you should pay close attention to diet, sleep,  breathing exercises, and additional supplements prescribed by doctors.

In addition to it, your case may need special medical intervention if you are finding it difficult to follow your daily routine. You might need:

  1. Cardiac Rehabilitation– It improves the functions of the heart.
  2. Pulmonary Rehabilitation– Lung is the most affected organ in COVID. Pulmonary rehab aims at strengthening them through various breathing exercises.
  3. Psychological Counselling– Some people feel over-anxious post-COVID. At times they even get depressed.

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