As the marathon pandemic unfolds, it is clear that COVID-19 is not done after initial insult to the host. Countless long haulers who are in long battle with COVID-19 have reported varied health effects after initial episode of the illness.
Beyond lungs and respiratory system, COVID-19 has adverse impact on several body systems including heart, kidneys, nervous system, mental health, skin, joints, muscles etc.
As per CDC and other organizations, following are the common long term symptoms and complications experienced by COVID-19 survivors:
Scarring of lungs
Inflammation of heart muscle
Depression, Anxiety and Mood changes
Rash and hair loss
Neurological symptoms like lack of taste/smell, sleep disorder, memory issues
Treatments that may help some of these symptoms:
Niacin and folic acid may help muscle aches and fatigue
Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Zinc may help with boosting the immune system
Quercetin may help by reducing inflammation and other beneficial effects
Melatonin may help sleep disturbance
Allergy medications like cetirizine, fluticasone spray and cough medications may help cough and congestion
Inhalers like albuterol may help chest tightness and improve breathing
Gabapentin or Pregabalin may help if cough is not responding to standard treatment
Antidepressants such as SSRIs and others may help fatigue and mood changes
Cold water immersion (hydrotherapy) may speed up fatigue recovery
Meditation and Mindfulness may help mental health, fatigue and sleep
Activities like sudoku, crossword, puzzles, chess may help memory function
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