During a pandemic, there is a lot of talk about measures to prevent infection with COVID-19. But what advice can you give to those who have already survived the coronavirus and do not know how to support the body after an illness?
If a person has had a coronavirus infection, this is not a reason to forget about it forever. Coronavirus hits vital organs, contributes to the emergence of pathologies and post-ovarian depression. Together with the Checkme health management service team, we have compiled a shortlist with the main recommendations for recovering from COVID-19: we tell you which doctors you need to visit, which tests you need to take first and what kind of lifestyle you should follow after you have had coronavirus.
Pathology after an infection
After the coronavirus, people are often faced with the identification of various disorders in the body, but not everyone understands that these are directly pathologies. The influence of covid is not fully understood, since very little time has passed, but it is already clear that it affects completely different organs and their systems.
Take, for example, the thyroid gland, the damage done to which can manifest itself as thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland, the progression of which causes a violation of its function). For example, after three months, a person suddenly begins to lose hair and gains weight, and then it turns out that one of the indicators of thyroid hormones has changed – this is how the consequences of COVID-19 appear.
The disease also strongly affects the coagulation system, lungs, liver, kidneys, heart. Moreover, even on the psyche – cases of so-called postcoid depression have already been registered. People do not even realize this: they suddenly feel sad, everything seems meaningless and annoying. The condition is similar to constant fatigue that does not go away after a weekend break.
Loss of taste and smell can also become a pathology. The senses of smell and taste do not just disappear and subsequently return. There are times when a person loved chocolate, got sick with covid, and can no longer eat chocolate because it tastes like a spoiled egg.
There’s even a group on social media where people write, “What’s going on, why can’t I eat broccoli anymore, it tastes like fried gum.” It’s not about the receptors, but about the fact that the virus acts on certain neurons. Recently, a study was carried out that showed that the virus strongly concentrates on the olfactory receptors and through them enters the brain, starting to do its dirty deeds.
Delivery of analyzes
You should not get tested immediately after you have been ill. It is necessary to check the test indicators a month after the illness, and then after another three months in order to trace the dynamics.
What is worth taking:
Coagulogram. This is an indicator of blood clotting. The new coronavirus infection causes thrombosis of small arteries and increases blood clotting, which leads to serious complications.
General blood analysis. On a general blood test, the doctor may suspect anemia or inflammation, problems with blood clotting. If there are noticeable abnormalities, the doctor will prescribe additional examinations.
Blood chemistry. The analysis is aimed at assessing the functions of organs that are primarily affected by the disease COVID-19. Disorders in the work of the thyroid gland, heart, liver and kidneys are revealed.
ECG. Gives an overall assessment of the state of the heart. After the cardiogram, the doctor may prescribe additional studies to make an accurate diagnosis.
Ultrasound of the kidneys. Assessment of the structure of the kidneys to identify postcoid changes and inflammatory diseases.
Spirography. A quick and safe test to assess the condition of the lungs by measuring the volume and velocity of exhaled air.
How to strengthen and maintain your immunity
It must be done regularly. Exercising takes five to ten minutes and really helps oxygenate the blood as well as lung recovery. All exercises can be found on the Internet (read also: “Strelnikova’s breathing exercises: how opera singers strengthen their lungs”).
This is supplemental oxygen. Oxygen chambers are included in the temporary recommendations of the Ministry of Health and are widely used in Japan and Korea as a method of recovery from lingering lung diseases. It is worth remembering that only a doctor can prescribe this procedure for you.
The most obvious recommendation is a daily dose of 400 g of fruits. The vitamins contained in fruits increase immunity and, in general, have a beneficial effect on mood and body function.
We live in an area of vitamin D deficiency, which negatively affects immunity. Vitamin D deficiency has been found in many coronavirus patients. Vitamin D should be taken within normal limits. The big problem is that we overuse vitamins. Two thousand units a day is enough. Otherwise, hypervitaminosis may occur. You can also take a weekly course of zinc. It also boosts immunity.
Exercise doesn’t have to be strength. If you don’t have the time and desire to go in for sports, you can walk around the house or in the park for 20-30 minutes every day – this is also a great option. You can get off one stop earlier and walk to work, and at lunchtime, choose a cafe a little further than usual. This cardio load has a positive effect on the body, including the cardiovascular system.
As you know, good sleep helps the body recover and gain strength. Recall that proper sleep should last 8-10 hours. Not getting enough sleep causes the levels of the stress hormone cortisol to rise, which negatively affects immunity.