Doctor Explains how to Deal with Prolong COVID syndrome.
The COVID-19 infection is wreaking havoc once again in the country, with cases increasing every day and things are looking bleak right now. In the midst of all this, doctors have started to highlight something called ‘prolonged COVID syndrome’, which is said to have a debilitating impact on the lives of patients.
According to Dr. Farah Ingale, Director of Internal Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi – A Fortis Network hospital, although “there is no textbook definition of ‘prolonged COVID’, patients who experience post-COVID symptoms are known to that last more than six months are suffering from this condition ”.
“These patients are not only those who have had prolonged stays in the intensive care unit but also those who have had mild symptoms and may or may not have required hospitalization,” says the doctor.
Common symptoms of ‘prolonged COVID’:
Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath with the slightest effort, persistent cough, muscle and joint pain, decreased / inaccurate hearing and vision, persistent loss of smell and taste.
“It is also observed that many patients have mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, “says the doctor.
Dr. Ingale states that the National Health Service has produced a guide to help patients who have recovered from COVID-19 understand and prepare for post-COVID complications.
1. Rhythm: Take your time to return to normal life after you recover. Don’t force yourself or your body to return to normal work hours right away. As you plan your daily tasks, also keep small breaks in mind – take a break between two tasks.
2. Plan: Spread our assignments throughout the week. You might also consider rearranging your home so that your everyday items are close by and easily accessible.
3. Prioritize: Divide your to-do list into tasks that you can do yourself and those that you need help with, which means running errands outside of caring for a pet, children and older family, etc. It would be ideal to delegate your outdoor work to someone else. family member, if possible.
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