Can You Recover From COVID-19?
The simple answer to this question is “yes”. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Most people who get coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recover within a few weeks”. This is good news for most, but not all. While mild forms of COVID-19 can often be completely abated in a few short weeks, occasionally, they can last upwards of months. This is called “Long COVID” or “Post-COVID Conditions” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We here at Agape Nutrition aim to provide a short guide to understanding Long COVID, COVID recovery, and COVID prevention.
Long COVID and Recovery
The Mayo Clinic states, “Post-COVID-19 syndrome involves a variety of new, returning or ongoing symptoms that people experience more than four weeks after getting COVID-19. In some people, post-COVID-19 syndrome lasts months or years or causes disability”.
Symptoms of Long COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:
- Respiratory Issues
- Heart Palpitations
- Brain Fog
- Sleep Issues
- Pins and Needles
- Taste/Smell Change
- Bowel Issues
- Changes in Period
- Muscle/Joint Pain
These symptoms can also be related to outstanding medical issues. If you are experiencing any of them, please consult with your primary care provider, who is well acquainted with your medical conditions and history. While a person can recover from Long Covid, there is no one method/medicine of/for treating it, so speaking to your medical provider is paramount if you think you are experiencing long-form COVID symptoms.
There are forms of treatment for COVID-19 that need to be started immediately after a positive test. This can help mitigate more extreme symptoms. For more information, check the CDC’s website here.
How to Prevent COVID-19
People with outstanding medical issues and/or are immunocompromised, or people in their household, should wear a mask indoors, especially surrounding larger groups of people, who are intrinsically at a greater risk.
Staying distant from other people, especially those outside your household, will also aid in keeping you safe. Avoiding large gatherings or crowds can aid in this. If that is not possible for you, masking when in a large crowd will help protect you and others from contagions.
Keeping your home and communal spaces well-ventilated and clean will also aid in keeping you and your community safe!
Testing often is also beneficial to ensure you stay safe and healthy!
We hope this helps keep you and your family safe from long-form COVID!