Recovering from COVID19 is a long and tedious process. Even as the infections keep rising on a daily basis, the needs of people recovering from the disease must also be addressed. With medical system overwhelmed, millions of people in the country that are fighting the disease are left wondering – what next. With news of recovered patients suddenly succumbing to a heart attack have sent panic waves through the country. To help, here are a few dos and don’t for people recovering from asymptomatic, mild or sever covid19. Also Read: Diet plan for COVID19 and post COVID patients
Before we start, let us address the elephant in the room – can you die of post-covid complications? While there is evidence, there is no clinical study to define the correlation. However, with over a year of the pandemic, doctors have identified a few dos and don’ts for post COVID recovery. There advise – COVID infection may die out in 14 days but it leaves your body weak. So, listen to your body and your doctor. Also Read: Parenting Dos and Don’ts – 7 signs of bad parenting and what to do instead
Recovering from COVID19 : Do’s and Don’ts
Do’s: What to do when recovering from COVID
For all the people who have recently been infected and have now recovered (read gotten negative report), there is reason to be happy. Your body has effectively fought off a deadly virus and killed it. However, the battle for some was brutal.
Some were asymptomatic, some displayed mild symptoms that quickly vanished and then some of you went through severe episodes of high fever and even ended up at a hospital. Now that you are out and about, you really do not know what to do.
Here is a quick list
- Be patient, accept that your body needs time to recover and this could take a week, a month or even six. Accept all bodies are different and what worked for your friend need not work for you.
- Keep a close look at symptoms associated with blood clotting, excessive fatigue, pains, dizziness, etc. This is especially important for people with co-morbidities like obesity, diabetes, kidney or liver function, etc.
- Continue following a high protein rich diet with a healthy intake of fluids to give your body the necessary nutrients to rebuild the damage
- Breathing exercises – these are important as COVID19 is essentially a respiratory disorder. It is important to remember not to overdo or overexert your lungs as they are not like your muscles. Only work till you are able to comfortably exert them.
- In case of people who went through severe covid, follow your doctor’s advice – that is the golden rule. If it is a course of multi-vitamins or blood thinners or a long-drawn-out list of medication – follow it diligently. This is very important.
- Follow up with your medical practitioner for a general check-up after a month or 6 weeks.
- Continue to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour. Re-infection is a possibility and there is no study that suggests that it would be lighter on your body. So, continue to mask up when you step out, sanitize your hands and maintain social distancing.
Don’ts: What NOT to do when recovering from COVID
One of the biggest setbacks of COVID19 is the time. That comes with the disease. Even for asymptomatic cases, the isolation alone is of 10 days which can stretch to anywhere between 14 to 21 days, depending on the nature of the infection. Post COVID complications may further extend the period, leaving a person uncomfortable. As such, the first impulse is for a person to get back to their normal life. Though, it is important to do so as well, here are a few don’ts that a person recovering from COVID19 should keep in mind.
Do not get back to normal life immediately –
This includes resuming 100 per cent activity levels, work and so on. Doctors advised gradually moving into your schedule and follow a 50, 30, 20 and 10 rule. The 50:30:20:10 rule is basically 50 per cent activity levels and then add another 30 and then 20 more and then 10 more to get to the 100 per cent levels.
Do not do strenuous exercises –
People who have recovered from COVID are advised to take it slow. Give your body a month or two before you start with your gym again. If you used to go for a run, try going for smaller walks instead. Stay active but do not do heavy exercises.
People with blood clotting history or
those who have been advised blood thinners may want to avoid greens and foods rich in Vitamin K. These includes green leady vegetables, broccoli, etc. Consult your doctor regarding the diet to aid the recovery.
Do not panic –
this is perhaps the most important. While the uncertainty of the disease continues to baffle the medical community, the fact remains that it is important to stay optimistic and hopeful. Fatigue, for many the grief of loss of a loved one to the disease and the general situation is all devastating. And yet, what is important is to focus on your health.
Take the energy that you have to channel it to heal your self and your family. There are many groups available to help you cope with the stress. Reach out, talk, stay focused on positive things around you. And believe that this too shall pass.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.