The world is facing the pandemic waves for more than eight months with new information popping up each day. COVID-19 infection can attack the entire body and the possibility of getting re-infected is also high. Many COVID-19 survivors have reported symptoms even after successful treatment, which according to experts, might continue for months, years, or unspecific period of time. In this scenario, boosting the immunity, following a proper cleanliness routine and leading a healthy lifestyle is the only way to stretch and navigate smoothly through this crisis.
Many COVID-19 survivors may leave the hospital with organ damage, inflammation, and mental scarring which requires long-term healing. Generally, all the existing health issues can be addressed by wiping out the old lifestyle habits and upgrading to a healthy lifestyle. To make steep recovery post your treatment, ensuring stronger and healthier immune system is the key. Here are a few tips. Read now!
Medical suggestions for Covid-19 survivors:
The patients must monitor themselves after the hospital discharge to avoid rushing back to the emergency department. A few things to take care include the below specified particulars.
- Check your oxygen level daily. Oxygen saturation must be > 95%.
- Monitor your respiratory symptoms like cough and breathlessness. Any worsening of the symptoms should be reported to the doctor immediately.
- Check your body temperature, glucose levels, and blood pressure daily.
- Book a follow-up appointment as advised by the doctor to ensure tracking of any developing complication.
- If advised, perform blood investigations like CBC and CRP before your next doctor visit.
- Repeat CT scan of the chest after three months to check the condition of lungs post-COVID-19 recovery.
Avoiding follow-up consultation can lead to negative health consequences like:
- Cytokine storm
- Blood clotting or leaking of blood vessels
- Organ failure
- Acute stroke, myocardial infarction, liver dysfunction, renal failure, pulmonary embolism
Tips for healthy living for COVID-19 survivors:
Battling alone with the recovery process and taking care post-treatment stage is not an easy chore. Yes! The impact of infection on both body and the mind of COVID-19 survivors may have a devastating experience. To protect and keep yourself healthy, follow the below-mentioned tips:
- Monitor your symptoms regularly for any warning signs. If any symptoms crop up, report it to your doctor immediately.
- Fighting the ravaging illness is not an easy task; hence give the body its own time to heal. Try adding your routine works slowly and gradually. Never rush yourself adding too many things at one time.
- Take the prescribed medicines on time and if medicine or dosage needs to be revised, then speak to your treating doctor immediately.
- Practice the social distancing norms, hand hygiene, and respiratory hygiene as put forth by the health authorities.
- Preserve your body’s energy levels! Take proper rest, get help from others, and still be cautious as you are still into the pandemic fight. Also, prioritize your tasks based on your stamina and energy levels.
- Anxiety and depression episodes are common among COVID-19 survivors. Staying positive is the key! Practice deep breathing exercises, play puzzles, list out your thoughts and feelings, and listen to soothing music. Journaling and memory game will help you retain your brain health.
- Stay well-hydrated throughout the day. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day to flush the toxins out of your system. Sipping boiled water infused with ginger, tulsi or other herbs can counter your infection.
- Fruits help to boost immunity. So, add citrus fruits like apple, oranges, gooseberry, pomegranates, and berries in your diet.
- Healthy diets help to prevent, fight, and recover from infections. Yes! It makes your immune system stronger. Try adding colourful veggies and green leafy vegetables in your diet.
- Limit sugar intake. Choose fresh juices and stay away from fizzy drinks, flavoured juices, sports, and energy drinks.
- Avoid frequent and excessive alcohol and tobacco use.
- Dodge yourself from fried foods and salty snacks as they contain unhealthy compounds.
- Exposure to sunlight can boost vitamin-D levels in the body. Encourage yourself to include fatty fish, cheese, egg yolks, fish liver oils, or vitamin-D fortified foods in your diet.
- Practice good hygiene while handling foods and food products to keep food-borne illness away!
- Add moderate amount of healthy fat and oil. Consume unsaturated fats rather than saturated fats.
- Try having home-cooked foods and avoid eating calorie-rich foods from outside. This may lower your chances of getting exposed to COVID-19.
- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Get your vitamin levels on track and if you are unable to get them through the diet, then take vitamins and health supplements to meet the nutrients’ need of your body.
COVID-19 survivors may have the chance of getting re-infected. Hence, follow the above tips and ensure your immune system is geared well enough to take the onslaught of symptoms during the corona times.
Covid-19 survivors should take the pledge and spread the fostering of healthy habits in the society and community to boost immunity!