The lungs are most affected by COVID-19, and the virus could leave some symptoms several weeks after recovery. These lingering effects are usually referred to as ‘long-hauler’ symptoms and can be prevalent across all age groups.
However, obvious effects of COVID after recovery could affect older (40+) adults than young, healthy people.
Common long hauler symptoms post-COVID
The most common symptoms experienced after COVID are:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Joint pain
- Cognitive problems (brain fog)
- Poor concentration
- Muscle issues
- Fevers (intermittent or long-lasting)
- Rapid heartbeat
It’s worth noting that these symptoms may not be evident in all people recovering from COVID. Some cases of people recovering from COVID may show two or more of these symptoms for several weeks. Other long-hauler effects could stay on for months if not addressed immediately.
Rare cases of unaddressed long-hauler effects, according to the WHO, may cause;
- Mental health problems
- Drug abuse and substance use disorders
- Heightened anxiety, and
- Neurological complications
Working out a method to handle the after-effects of COVID is vital to avoid falling into the virus’ grasp again.
3 Things You Should Do to Ease Your Recovery from COVID
2. Regulate Your Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure should be balanced if you want to stand a chance getting an easy recovery from COVID. Low blood pressure doesn’t really help your COVID recovery.
The optimal range is 120/80. LOW blood pressure is a problem with recovering because you can’t get enough blood, oxygen and nutrients into your tissues.
Use a blood pressure cuff to check your readings twice every day (once in the morning and evening). Getting your blood pressure in an acceptable range keeps you from falling into any end of the spectrum of COVID symptoms.
3. Take the Right Supplements
Research suggests that supplements like Vitamin C, D, Zinc, and melatonin may be helpful against COVID-19. Taking the right supplements should help speed up your recovery.
Findings from this study list some vitamins and supplements ideal to boost your immune system and prevent oxidation:
1. Acai berry
4. B Complex vitamins
9. Licorice root
Menstrual Cycles and COVID
COVID-19 infection could lead to heightened stress and anxiety in 30+ year old females. Stress can directly affect the timing of women’s menstrual cycles by interfering with their HPO (hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian) axes.
Pandemic stress, COVID-symptoms, lockdown fatigue, and other issues could lead to shifted menstrual cycles.
Fatigue Pre and Post-COVID
Fatigue could be the first symptom someone notices before coming down hard with COVID-19. Sustained fatigue is another symptom seen in people who have recovered from COVID after its incubation period. Most effects associated with fatigue before and after COVID are:
- Blurry vision
- Low attention span
- Loss of appetite
- Low motivation
- Irritability and moodiness
- Muscle weakness
- Poor concentration
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Reduced immune responses
- Memory problems
- Slow responses
- Sore or achy muscles
It’s vital to seek medical assistance at any time when you don’t feel too well after recovery from COVID. Quick support from a medical practitioner could help overcome some lingering symptoms associated with COVID fatigue.
Iron Deficiency and COVID
People with iron deficiency at an anemic or pre-anemic phase stand a higher risk of experiencing slow recovery from COVID. Older people with underlying medical issues coupled with iron deficiency need extra care to overcome coronavirus.
Iron deficiency in older people suffering from COVID must be addressed. Iron acts in an antioxidant capacity and will be depleted during recovery from coronavirus. Securing the right medical assistance is vital to keep your immune system active against coronavirus-related symptoms.
COVID-19 has taken medical science by storm and continues to evade cutting-edge technology with its ability to evolve.
But there’s one thing you must know – COVID-19 is not a death sentence.
The steps you take after recovering from COVID determine how well you’ll handle its long hauler effects. Adopting a single therapy to recover from COVID’s after-effects isn’t a great idea. It’s best you employ a poly-therapy approach to beat COVID’s lingering symptoms once and for all!