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Covid Recovery and Long Term Effects

April 11, 2022

Recovering after COVID-19

As the COVID pandemic continues to spread, more and more people are becoming infected. If you or a loved one has contracted COVID, it's important to understand the best way to recover. In this post we discuss the different stages of recovery and provide tips on how to get back on your feet as soon as possible.

Globe Medical's team of GPs can help manage patients with long COVID in Adelaide

How can I recover quicker from COVID infection?  

While the majority of people who contract COVID will recover without any issues, some may experience lingering symptoms for weeks or even months afterwards. Shortness of breath, fatigue, problems with memory, and muscle aches are just a few of the potential problems. Although there is no definitive way to ensure a speedy recovery, there are several steps that you can take to improve your chances.   

Make sure to get plenty of rest.  

One of the most important things you can do to recover faster from COVID infection is to get plenty of rest. To be specific, this means you should try to minimise stress from either work or your home life to focus solely on getting better.  

Most importantly, get enough sleep. Our body’s immune system works best while asleep because it can direct energy towards fighting the virus. Try your best to get between 7 and 9 hours sleep per night during recovery.

To improve your sleep quality and quantity, follow the basics:

  • Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool.   

  • Establish a regular sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, even on weekends.   

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, and limit your screen time in the evening.

  • Get up and move around during the day to keep your body active. 

Make sure your body has fuel to fight off the virus.  

It is essential to continue eating and drinking fluids even if you do not feel thirsty or hungry during recovery. Your body needs energy and nutrients to fight the virus and support your immune system. 

Eat a variety of healthy foods to get the nutrients you need. These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy. If you cannot eat or drink due to nausea or vomiting, try eating small, frequent meals.   

Try to stay active.  

While it is essential to rest and allow your body to recover from COVID-19, it is also important to stay active. Light activity, such as walking or stretching, can help to improve your symptoms and speed up your recovery.   

Staying active will also help you avoid potential complications, such as pneumonia. It is best to start with light activity and gradually increase the intensity as you feel better. If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain, stop the activity and consult your doctor. By staying active during your recovery, you will help your body to heal more quickly and reduce your risk of future health problems.  

Managing 'Long COVID'  

While the vast majority of people who contract the virus recover within a few weeks, a small percentage of people continue to experience symptoms for months afterwards. 'Long COVID' can be extremely debilitating, making it difficult to carry out everyday activities.   

Luckily, the management procedures for Long COVID are similar to the COVID recovery lifestyle. Eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, and remaining active are all important. Additionally, it is crucial to avoid stress and to stay connected with family and friends. By taking these steps, people with Long COVID can improve their symptoms and quality of life.  

If you feel overwhelmed or have other questions about how to take care of yourself during this time, please book an appointment with one of our GPs. They can provide additional advice and guidance via Telehealth on how you can best support your health during this difficult time.

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