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More than half of COVID survivors have symptoms up to six months after recovery, according to a new study
27 Jan' 21

More than half of COVID survivors have symptoms up to six months after recovery, according to a new study

 


Since December 2019, nearly 236 million people all around the world have recovered from the new coronavirus illness. According to a large study, more than half of these people will experience post-covid symptoms for up to six months after recovery, a condition known as delayed covid. 
Long-term affects include fatigue, difficulty breathing, chest pain, joint pain, and loss of smell and taste.

  

The research 


The investigation was carried out by a research team from Pennsylvania State University in the United States. Between December 2019 and March 2021, the researchers looked at 57 global studies with 250, 351 unvaccinated people who had recovered from COVID-19 infection. 


The outcomes 


Adults and children can suffer significant health impacts for up to six months after recovering from COVID-19 infection, according to the study's findings. 

 

A patient's overall health, mobility, and organ systems are all affected by the issues. While one out of every two survivors, or 50 percent, has long-term issues. 

  

Long covid problems 

 

These individuals reported weight loss, fatigue, fever, and pain, and one out of every five survivors reported a decrease in mobility. A quarter of the patients had respiratory problems, and six out of ten survivors had abnormal chest imaging. Among the most commonly reported symptoms were palpitations and chest discomfort. 
Rashes or hair loss affected one out of every five patients. Loss of appetite, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhoea were all common gastrointestinal symptoms. 
The struggle against COVID continues after recovering from an acute infection. Vaccination is the most efficient way to avoid getting infected with covid and reduce your risks of contracting it.
 

Analysis  

 

The mechanism underlying these persisting symptoms is still unknown. An immune-system overload produced by the virus, residual infection, reinfection, or a surge in antibody production, according to researchers, could be the cause.  

For many COVID-19 survivors, early assistance is important to improve their quality of life.According to reports, health care practitioners will likely witness an increase in patients with psychiatric and cognitive issues, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, in otherwise healthy people in the next years (before getting infected with COVID-19).  

 

 

Also read A novel coronavirus sub-lineage known as AY.4.2 has been identified as a rising variant: Is it necessary to be concerned?

 

 

Common long-covid symptoms and how to deal with them  

 

Managing exhaustion and shortness of breath  

 

Don't push yourself too hard, and gradually return to work and your normal schedule. Don't do something that will put you under a lot of stress. When you have the most energy in the morning, prioritise work. 

Practice lung-strengthening exercises and yoga asanas. Avoid activities that cause you to get stretched and fatigued. 


Aches and pains, for example, can be alleviated. 


Inflammation caused by the infection can linger for several weeks. A warm or cold compress can assist to relieve these symptoms. 


Taking care of your memory and preventing brain fog 


Viral infection, according to research, can impact the brain and produce a variety of cognitive and memory issues. These are only available for a limited period. 

Start building a list of things that are important to you and that you cannot afford to forget in the meanwhile.

 

Returning to your senses of scent and taste  

 

The average person's sense of taste and smell returns in 6-8 weeks. To reclaim your sense of smell, consider aromatherapy and smell training. 

 

Tip  

 

Post-COVID screenings, doctor exams, and testing can also help you assess your health and receive the care you need. A healthy diet is essential for a quick recovery. 

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