When your COVID-19 symptoms were at their worst, you were probably solely focused on the basics: resting, hydrating and monitoring yourself for worsening symptoms.
Now, as your road to recovery becomes clearer and clearer, you may be wondering what your "new normal" will look like once your symptoms subside. Unlike the common illnesses you're used to, like a cold or the flu, COVID-19 comes with a few extra question marks
“How long will I be contagious?”
“Should I be worried about these lingering symptoms?”
“Does this mean I don't have to get vaccinated or wear a mask anymore?”
Here to help you understand what life looks like after recovering from COVID-19 is Dr. Liakou, Specialist of clinical medicine and medical director of Kalika Med Care.
Some symptoms may last longer than you'd like
COVID-19 comes with a pretty long list of symptoms — the most common being fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.
Both the severity and duration of these symptoms vary from person to person, but some symptoms are more likely to last well into your recovery period.
"Some symptoms of COVID-19 linger longer than others," says Dr. Liakou. "In particular, fatigue and loss of taste and smell can persist beyond the period of contagion."
Vaccination and precautions after infection
You need to be vaccinated or do the vaccine booster dose, wear a mask and keep a distance of at least 2 meters.
Immunity is complicated and, yes, you can still get infected with COVID-19.
In fact, a recent study found that unvaccinated adults were twice as likely to re-infect with COVID-19 than those who were vaccinated after recovering from their illness.
You must be examined by a doctor to ensure your full recovery
As part of the clinical examination, it is necessary, initially the control of respiratory function with spirometry, where you blow in a special machine and the doctor determines the condition of your lungs.
Then it is necessary to control cardiac function with auscultation and electrocardiogram, as the virus is a great threat to the heart, causing myocarditis (chronic inflammation in the heart).
Finally, as Dr. Liakou states, other diagnostic tests such as chest X-ray and blood tests, may be needed for the doctor to confirm the patient's full return to pre-COVID19 fitness.
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