There’s still so much more to learn and explore about the novel coronavirus. For those who have contracted the infamous virus, the road to recovery may seem a tad bit challenging compared to other viral infections. Once you test positive for COVID-19, you may experience a list of symptoms, the severity of which will differ from person to person. In some cases, the symptoms are quite severe while in most of the other cases, people are either asymptomatic or experience very mild symptoms.
Some of the common symptoms associated with COVID-19 include persistent fatigue, breathlessness, sore throat and fever. While these are just the physical impacts of the disease, the psychological impact cannot be overlooked. In fact, research suggests that people with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 may experience changes in their cognitive functions. Some common signs of this include frequent headaches, dizziness, lack of focus, as well as brain fog. While the World Health Organization asserts that these symptoms will eventually go away once the person hits the road to recovery from COVID-19, how soon they recover will vary from one person to another.
Let us understand some important points about managing post-COVID symptoms, especially if you or someone close to you has tested positive for COVID-19—
Sign up for a good COVID homecare plan
Most asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients do not need any hospitalization. They are advised to stay under home quarantine. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t require expert care from specialists. It would not only help them in speeding up the recovery process but also help track their minute by minute progress so that their health is never compromised. This is why it is so important to invest in a good COVID-homecare plan. On MFine, you can subscribe to our COVID homecare plan and get 24×7 access to quality care from top doctors alongside a comprehensive homecare COVID kit that consists of everything you and your primary caregiver at home would need, to monitor your health status and daily progress. Not only does this help in avoiding the hassle of visiting the hospital, which is all the riskier given the current situation of increasing infections everywhere, but also, this allows you to recover safely and smoothly from the comfort of your own home.
Pay close attention to your diet
This is very important since the things you feed your body with will play a pivotal role in determining how quick your recovery would be. Of course, there’s no ‘magic’ food that will miraculously help you recover from the infection, but eating the right foods, staying hydrated, taking your medicines on time, and giving yourself ample rest, are things that can totally do wonders! Drink lots of water to restore the electrolyte balance in your body. Consume foods that are rich in proteins since that will help in repairing the damaged tissues and muscle loss. Most importantly, try eating foods that boost your immunity by leaps and bounds. Add lots of citrus fruits like oranges, grapes, sweet lime, to your daily diet and also eat lots of green veggies. Don’t forget your dose of vitamin D (as prescribed by the doctor) and spend at least 15 minutes every day in the sun. You can do this by going to your terrace or a part of your apartment premises, where you can get some sunlight without hampering your quarantine guidelines.
Don’t compare your symptoms with that of others
Since the recovery time in COVID infection differs from individual to individual, it is normal to feel impatient when you see someone else recovering way before you. What you need to remember is that the infection affects different people in different ways and hence, the recovery process is bound to be different. A lot of people tend to lose their sense of taste and smell following a COVID infection. While some people regain these senses within just a week as they start recovering, others may take a little longer than that. What is essential is believing that you will recover and adjust your expectations. Again, this is where a COVID homecare plan will come in quite handy since the doctor designated to your homecare recovery journey would be able to identify which medicines and treatment plan would work the best for you in speeding up your recovery process.
Invest some time in brain exercises
Coming back to the point of COVID affecting one’s cognitive functions, it is important that you keep giving your brain some food for thought so that it keeps exercising well. Invest some time in puzzles, reading, memory exercise, as well as word games. This will not only boost your brain’s efficiency but also help you retain your concentration.
Take some time out for simple exercises
This may take a while for you to once again catch hold of since exercising is a challenging task when you’re experiencing a lot of fatigue. However, that being said, after a day or two, try to gently incorporate some easy and simple exercises back to your routine. This will not only play a key role in helping you regain your physical strength but also improve your cognitive strength. In the meantime, you can try doing respiratory exercises that will help recover your lung function which may have been damaged during the COVID-19 infection.
We hope that these tips helped you understand some important aspects of COVID-19 recovery, if not all. We’d like to reiterate that being a global pandemic, there are different manifestations of this viral infection in each individual’s life. But with the right awareness and expert care, it can be managed well and the road to recovery shall be smooth.
You can explore the COVID-19 homecare plan for yourself or a loved one if any of you have tested positive for the virus. Additionally, you can also speak to our doctors online anytime you feel the need for any expert advice or care plan.