COVID-19: Here's how you can avoid common post-recovery complications
15 per cent of the patients have reported post-COVID weakness, 7 per cent suffer from lung fibrosis and other lung complications post-COVID recovery.
Pune: After recovering from COVID-19, it is imperative to watch out for some red flags and stick to a healthy lifestyle. According to data provided for the month of August, September and October, around 15 per cent complain of post-COVID weakness while at least 7 per cent tend to have lung fibrosis and other lung ailments post-COVID recovery.
Although patients develop antibodies after getting infected with COVID-19, several cases of people getting reinfected along with post-COVID complications have been reported all over the world now. The patient's age, not adhering to COVID-19 protocol, and having comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes or even obesity are the factors responsible for post-COVID problems. Similarly, many patients have muscle and joint pain, along with body pain. If not resolved on time, these post-COVID complications can prove to be fatal.
Dr Kundan Mehta, Pulmonologist at Apollo Clinic Pune highlighted, "Out of 100 post-COVID patients including asymptomatic, approximately, 15 per cent represent with post-COVID weakness, whereas, 7 per cent show signs of lung fibrosis (scarring of the lungs). Clots in legs have also been reported by the patient. This may happen owing to the age factor and comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, and obesity. While in a rare instance, 2 in 1,000 may come with a heart attack or stroke. Those having pneumonia after getting infected with Coronavirus will require long-term care. These patients should not neglect their health post-COVID. Go for regular follow-ups with the doctors and follow the guidelines to stay hale and hearty."
Dr Mehta also added, "In the recovery phase, the doctor will suggest you to opt for breathing exercises after monitoring your breathing pattern, oxygen saturation, and how much the patient can walk without feeling breathless. Likewise, the age and other factors such as comorbidities will also be taken into consideration. Appropriate medication will be prescribed by the doctor. Similarly, you will have to watch what you eat. Eating a diet loaded with essential nutrients is a must. COVID attacks the immune system so just build a strong immune system incorporating fresh fruits, vegetables, lentils, seeds, and pulses in the diet. Wear a mask, maintain social distance and sanitise and wash your hands regularly. The goal is to help patients improve their quality of life."
"After recovering from COVID-19, patients visit the hospital with complaints of muscle pain and joint pain, tiredness, sore throat, body pain and even breathlessness. Thus, drink warm water, avoid smoking and alcohol, rest adequately and do yoga or meditation. You must gargle with salt and water, if the sore throat persists. Some people also show signs of confusion, chest pain and unexplained weight loss and weight gain. Opt for COVID-rehabilitation instead of ignoring the symptoms. Severe cases will require immediate medical attention and persistent follow-ups," concluded Dr Mehta.