Post Covid Syndrome
It has almost been a year since the first-ever case of the COVID-19 was detected in Wuhan, China. Since then, this deadly virus, with its dangerous strains, has taken a toll on life across the globe, put an end to so many lives, and rendered almost everyone helpless.
Though it’s been a year since this disease started spreading its havoc, we know very little of this virus and how it actually spreads among humans or other species. The course of how this disease has shown symptoms among people during this entire timeline has greatly varied in different parts of the world in different time periods.
In the starting, the virus was believed to be a short-term illness, however, over the course of the past few months, it has been seen that many symptoms in people have persisted for weeks and months as well.
Damage to the organs, including the liver, lungs, kidneys, or brain, has also been observed in some people around the world.
The ‘post covid syndrome‘ is thus basically referred to as the slow recovery in a lot of people, where they keep on suffering from some major symptoms even long after they are infected. Some people who were in the intensive care unit during their treatment have also been observed to exhibit post-intensive care syndrome, which might include mental health disturbances, balance issues, muscle weakness, etc.
There is no distinct or clear picture of what is post covid syndrome. At this stage, it cannot be exactly said that for long is it going to last, what are the exact symptoms, or how can we prevent it. However, seeing that a lot of people are suffering from post covid illness across the world, several studies and researchers are trying to work on it and define this particular group of patients.
Symptoms of post covid syndrome:
Let us have a look at some common symptoms that COVID-19 infections across the world have experienced even long after they got infected and treated.
- Difficulty in breathing
- Difficulty in breathing
- Pain in the joints or the chest
- Inability to concentrate for long
- Problems in sleeping
These symptoms have persisted in some people for even as long as six months.
Experiencing Post-COVID symptoms?
It is quite pertinent to also know what to do if you’re experiencing any post-COVID symptoms. We have seen for the past year how fatal and rampant this virus can be, and to ignore anything at this point would be downright foolish.
According to health experts, if you’d experienced a mild illness at the time you were infected and were self-treated at home, and now you’re experiencing post symptoms, you must visit your primary physician. They can treat you for any mild symptoms you might be facing and can help you detect if there’s any severe problem lying ahead of you.
However, if you were hospitalized and were among the patients who had to go through severe symptoms at the time of infection, you must visit a cardiologist if you’re experiencing any sort of chest pain or breathing problems. He can detect if there’s any heart problem or lung issues that need to be addressed.
- Respiratory system:
Symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue have been commonly observed in several people who recovered from the COVID-19 disease. Your air sacs and the lung tissue are the primary parts of your body that are attacked by the coronavirus. This also forms scars in your lungs, which is the reason behind long persisting symptoms even after recovery.
The virus has already been proved to be a lot more deadly for people already suffering from major infections or diseases. And, your heart is one organ that is severely at risk in such cases.
Abnormal heart rate, chest pain, heart muscle damage have been observed in people even after they tested negative for COVID-19. Heart strokes, attacks, and severe organ damage are lingering risks that can catch you, which is why you need to be highly alert to identify any such symptoms at a very early stage.
The coronavirus can also attack your hepatic issue at the time of infection. This can lead to abnormal liver function or greater levels of liver enzymes later. The levels of liver function tests recorded at the time of infection do not lower down for some people even post-recovery. This can be one side effect of the drugs used to cure people during infection. However, it can lead to greater damage if left ignored.
People have reported feeling confused, dizzy, having blurry vision, etc. after they have recovered. Severe symptoms like inflammation of the brain or seizures have also been reported in a few.
Researchers say that COVID-19 infection has the ability to cause even deadlier diseases like temporary paralysis, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s disease.
As we said, so much about this virus is still unknown. The same is with post-COVID symptoms. While some people have been observed to have speedily recovered from these, some have experienced them for quite a long time as well. However, most people who have suffered from COVID-19 have been cured without any major post-recovery symptoms.
The only thing you can do to prevent post covid syndrome is to prevent getting the COVID-19 infection in the first place. Wearing a mask and proper sanitization, along with social distancing must become a part of our lifestyle until you get vaccinated. With fresh and promising news of the vaccine, we believe the world has seen a ray of hope and we hope the world will be free of this havoc soon. However, you must not blind yourself to the dangers that it still carries with it, and you must continue to keep yourself and others safe, by following proper COVID-19 guidelines.
Do not forget your mask wherever you go. Wear it properly covering your entire nose and mouth. Maintain a distance from others when you’re in public. Be safe and keep others around you safe, too. Also, do not trivialize or ignore any symptoms at all.
Stay safe, stay indoors as much as you can, and do not take the virus lightly.