Post COVID Care for covid recovered patients
Many people are getting out of the quarantine period after contracting the COVID-19 virus.It is a tough period of time for every individual and his/ her family who has been infected with the virus.Most people who have COVID-19 recover completely within a few weeks.But some people – even those who had mild versions of the disease-continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery.Dealing with the quarantine period is difficult but equally important in the post- covid care at home.
These people sometimes describe themselves as “long haulers” and the conditions have been called Post-COVID-19 syndrome or long COVID-19.They are generally considered to be effects of COVID-19 that persists for more than four weeks after you have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.It is critical not to ignore and take utmost care of your body when you are recovering at home.
Older people and people with many serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms, but even young, otherwise healthy people can feel unwell for weeks to months after infection.
Common signs and symptoms that linger overtime in post covid care include –
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Chest pain
• Joint pain
• Muscle pain or headache
• Memory, concentration or sleep problems
• Fast or pounding heartbeat
• Depression or anxiety
• Dizziness when you stand
• Conjunctivitis in children
• Worsened symptoms after physical or mental activities
Multiple organ damage caused by COVID-19
Although COVID-19 is seen as a disease that primarily affects the lungs, it can damage many other organs as well.This organ damage may increase the risk of long-term health problems. Organs that may be affected by COVID-19 include –
Imaging tests taken months after recovery from COVID-19 have shown lasting damage to the heart muscle, even in people who have experienced only mild COVID-19 symptoms.This may increase the risk of heat failure or other heart complications in the future.
• Lungs –
The type of pneumonia often associated with COVID-19 can cause long standing damage to the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. The resulting scar tissue can lead to long-term breathing problems.
• Brain –
Even in young people, COVID-19 can cause strokes, seizures and Guillain – Barre syndrome- a condition that causes temporary paralysis. COVID-19 may also increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Blood clots and blood vessel problems –
COVID -19 make blood cells more likely to clump up and form clots. While large clots can cause heart attacks and strokes, much of the heart damage caused by COVID-19 is believed to stem from very small clots that block tiny blood vessels in the heart muscle.
Problems with mood and fatigue –
Surviving from severe symptoms of COVID-19 can make a person more likely to later develop post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression and anxiety.
Ayurvedic Perspective –
As per Ayurveda, any abnormalities in the body are caused due to the imbalance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas.Not to forget the accumulation of ama (toxins) in your body. So, the focus is to bring the doshas in balance and detoxify the body to make it ready for overall healing. According to the National Clinical Management Protocol for COVID-19 based on Ayurveda and Yoga, here are following guidelines which need to be followed by all patients recovering from COVID-19 even who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic also –
• Drink warm water throughout the day (if not contraindicated )
• Take immunity promoting AYUSH medicine
• Professional work to be resumed in graded manner (it health permits).Person can indulge in light house work.
• Can practice Yogasanas, pranayama and meditation (as your health permits)
• Take adequate sleep and rest
• Proper balanced and nutritious diet
• Do not forget to do self-health monitoring at home such as blood pressure, temperature, blood sugar, pulse oximetry etc.
• In case of persistent dry cough/sore throat, do saline ganges and take steam inhalation. Addition of herbs/ spices for gargling should be done if needed.
• Nasal oleation (Nasya karma) should be done.
• Always lookout for early warning signs like high grade fever, breathlessness, SpO2 <95%,unexplained chest pain, new onset of confusion, weakness etc.
• Dalcheeni –
• Pippli –
• Marich –
• Giloy –
• Ashwagandha –
• Mulethi –
• Tulsi –
• Sanshamni Vati
• Sitopladi Churna
• Kasa swasa chintamani Ras
• Mahasudarshan Vati
• Tribhuvankirti Ras
• Anu Taila
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