Post-Covid Syndrome: Symptoms, Effects, and Recovery

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With the onset of the new year, we all have been longing for at least some kind of changes in the condition the world is in right now due to Covid-19

It has been one whole year of lockdowns, work from home hashtags, and the most important of all, of hand sanitisers and masks. And amidst all this, the virus continued to spread with cases hitting from hundreds to thousands in no time. 

However, post-covid syndrome, which happens to be a rather important health-related aspect of the aftermath of catching the virus, is not exactly paid enough attention to, unlike the facts and figures related to the virus, which most of the people seem to be aware of. 

So, let’s learn more about the post-covid syndrome so that you are not only well-informed with what happens if you catch the virus, but also about what happens after that. 

What is post-covid syndrome? 

The symptoms of covid-19 are pretty troublesome and a case of the same is going to disrupt your daily routine, whether you like it or not. The good news is though, that you can avoid catching the virus as long as you take utter care of yourself as well as that of the other people around you, by social distancing and avoiding physical contact as much as possible. 

However, the bad news is that once you catch it, the chapter does not simply end at you recovering, and the post-covid syndrome comes into play here. 

As the name suggests, this is more like an after effect or the aftermath of catching the virus and there have been a lot of cases wherein someone who caught the virus, even after them recovering and testing negative for the virus again, they tend to experience the post-covid syndrome, the effects of which tend to linger even after recovering from covid. 

So, someone who had covid, is very much likely to continue experiencing certain symptoms even after recovering and the reason behind that is the post-covid syndrome. 

The symptoms 

As this condition is more or less a part of covid, its symptoms are also quite similar in their totality.

Here are the symptoms that one might witness in the case of the post-covid syndrome: 

  • Chest and joint pain
  • Fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell 
  • Fatigue 
  • Sleep deprivation issues 
  • Loss of focus 
  • Lingering headaches
Post-Covid Syndrome

Other common and/or long-term symptoms include itchy skin, foggy memory, and organ damage, which is the most dangerous of all. 

If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms after recovering from covid, then there are high chances that it is the post-covid syndrome is bothering you; the intensity of these symptoms tends to depend from one person to another because each person’s body and the immune system is built uniquely. 

Doctors have not completely been able to confirm the lasting period of these symptoms, but it might take weeks or months and the time tends to vary as per the intensity of the symptoms. 

But one factor is for sure, that people who have had a more serious case of covid and those who already have an underlying disease or illness, are way more likely to experience the post-covid syndrome than someone who does not fall under the formerly mentioned categories. 

How to treat these symptoms? 

If your symptoms are still on the milder and lighter side of the line, then you don’t have anything major to worry about because these can be taken care of at home as well. 

However, if you find that the symptoms you are experiencing are only getting worse with time and are still lingering on even after a long time, then that is a sign for you to consult your trusted doctor at once before the situation gets completely out of your control. 

But, as mentioned earlier, if your symptoms are not that major, then you can take care of them by yourself at home without any fuss at all. After all, there is only so much you can do for the symptoms that are too severe. 

Here are some things that are highly recommended to try out if your symptoms are still in the initial stage; you can also practice these out if that’s not the case because either way, its for the betterment of your health! 

It is utterly essential for you to stick to a proper and healthy diet because that is one of the main factors to cross out fatigue, if that is one of the symptoms, out of the list. Also, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is vital because it is the principal way to restore your lost energy. 

  • Exercise 

This is one of the most common yet highly effective methods that is recommended in case of any illness, be it major or minor. Activities like exercising, yoga, jogging, etc., tend to overall improve our body’s functions and also help with our sleep and concentration problems. 

If you have body aches or joint/chest pains, then it might even be greatly helpful in that department as well! 

  • Stay hydrated 

Another obvious way to stay fit during such difficult times is to stay hydrated at all times because surprisingly enough, water turns out to be the solution for plenty of problems. 

These ways are quite common and easy to practice but then again, they are only going to be helpful to some extent because it depends on the severity of your illness and if it is too extreme then these might not make any difference at all either. 

But, if your symptoms are more serious then instead of practising anything by yourself, it is highly advisable to consult a doctor first and then take any health-related action; if your body aches are both external as well as internal, then visit a physician as soon as possible because if you wait for too long, the situation might get escalated. 

So, stay safe and stay aware. And your main goal should be not catching the virus at all, so shield yourself with all possible precautions. 

Also read: Keep Up Your Immunity to Fight Against Covid-19

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