Recovering from COVID-19 doesn’t mean the battle is won, Dr. Miluše Vostradovská warns

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16. 04. 2021

It can take up to weeks or months before our body returns to its normal functioning state after recovering from a coronavirus infection. When is it necessary to go see a pulmonary specialist and what health complications might we face if we do not listen to our bodies? Dr. Miluše Vostradovská, internist and general practitioner for adults at Canadian Medical clinic answers our questions and more.

Do our bodies remain weakened even after recovering from COVID-19?
Undoubtedly yes. Especially in more severe cases, in elderly patients and in those who have other serious diseases. For example, oncology patients, people with coronary heart disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes mellitus and the like. The worse the course of the disease, the longer the convalescence period. Younger and healthier individuals may not even notice the onset of the disease, they may experience only very minimal symptoms, if any at all.

What issues can patients experience after having COVID-19?
Fatigue, feelings of physical weakness, reduced fitness, shortness of breath, mental health problems, digestive issues, hair loss and many other problems are reported in patients who have experienced the disease with symptoms.

Is it necessary to undergo any medical examinations after COVID-19?
Certainly, elderly patients and patients with chronic diseases should be examined by a doctor after recovering from a COVID-19 infection. At the very least by their general practitioner. Those who have experienced pulmonary problems should be examined by a pulmonologist within 3 months.

Should other people who have difficulty breathing after the disease get checked out by pulmonologist?
If you are experiencing breathing difficulty after recovering from a coronavirus infection, it is highly appropriate (sometimes even necessary) to get checked in a pneumology outpatient clinic (preventative X-ray examination, possibly CT examination of the lungs, spirometry, measurement of oxygen saturation) and get a professional analysis from a specialist. It is also possible to have a comprehensive spa treatment, where very good convalescence can take place under supervision.

Should you jump straight back into your normal functioning after recovering from COVID-19?
If we are talking about an asymptomatic course of COVID-19, then there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to go back to your normal life as soon as you feel like it.  If however, a patient had pneumonia or a more severe course, it is necessary to take some time to ensure proper recovery. Recuperation is important in this case.

Aided recovery consists of respiratory rehabilitation, regular and gradually increasing physical activity, ensuring a sufficient supply of vitamins (C, D, B, E ....), trace elements and minerals. Some people take longer to recover (after bilateral pneumonia it can even take several months), some are back to their normal selves within a few weeks.  It is important to avoid extreme physical strain, stress and other infections.

The article was created in cooperation with the ŽENA-IN portal, where you can find the full-version of this article.

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