Most people become infected with coronavirus and recover in ten to twelve days. Most of those have no symptoms, or they are very mild. What happens when a few people have mild to moderate symptoms for weeks or even months?
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/diabetes-obesity-hypertension-and-cardiovascular-disease-linked-to-most-covid-19-hospitalizations The medical community has seen a few cases here and there where symptoms remain with patients for weeks after the expected recovery date. These lingering viral symptoms do not go away, even when the patient gets a negative test for COVID-19.
The primary symptoms that last an unusually long time are fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, and chest discomfort. Brain fog, depression, headaches, and intermittent fever are reported by some. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768351 Continued symptoms reflect medical problems. If the virus is not actively evidenced by negative tests, what is the problem?
Doctors do not know. They do know that long-term severe health issues can appear if left untreated.
Cardiovascular and lung complications may develop as well as memory difficulties, anxiety, and more. My granddaughter had COVID-19 recently. Her symptoms were almost non-existent. Her work required her to get a negative coronavirus test to return to work. She tested positive at least twice a week for nearly a month without symptoms. https://bit.ly/3sTDA5x
There is no clinical name for these lingering viral symptoms resulting from COVID-19. The term, long-haul COVID-19, is becoming recognized as a heading to identify this malaise has not reached the level of a syndrome yet.
What to do?
https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210219/a-third-of-covid-survivors-have-long-haul-symptoms#1 The risk of having extended symptoms from COVID-19 increases with age, the number of symptoms, and severity. Most people with multiple, prolonged coronavirus-like symptoms were never hospitalized.
Researchers tell us that about one-third of people hospitalized and almost one-third of people who self-quarantined had at least one symptom two or more months after testing negative for coronavirus.
Treating and Recovering?
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-try-to-recover-if-you-have-long-haul-covid-19-symptoms I am an advocate for treating causes and not symptoms. The medical industry treats symptoms. It is difficult to determine the cause of inflammation, high blood pressure, headaches, and more. The symptoms can be treated easily, but treating symptoms does not fix the problem.
Over time, the body recuperates, and you recover from whatever caused the health issue. Is this the same thing occurring now with Long-Haul COVID-19? Doctors treat the symptoms, and you eventually recover months later? Yes, it is.
When you have prolonged headaches, doctors prescribe various pills. Chest discomfort, joint pain, coughing, and more are treated similarly with antibiotics, steroids, IVs, etc. The cause is not known, but you should be able to function better. Your quality of life is incrementally improved. There is no uniform approach to handle long-haul coronavirus.
When you have a negative test for COVID-19, your doctor tells you that you are safe to return to the workplace, and you cannot get out of bed because of prolonged fatigue; what options do you have?
I am not a doctor and cannot prescribe a course of treatment. I am a researcher and can tell you what I have found or experienced. My wife had extreme fatigue resulting from months of chemotherapy several years ago. Before starting radiation therapy, we both started the Wahls Protocol diet plan by Dr. Terry Wahls.
This eating program includes over 30 nutrients the body needs daily. My wife started eating on this protocol on Day 1 of radiation. Forty-eight hours later, her fatigue was gone. Her one to two two-hour naps were a thing in the rear-view mirror. She did not take a nap for over a couple of years. We left Houston, Texas, and drove to Jacksonville, Florida, on the last day of her radiation treatment – a one-thousand-mile journey.
I rented a U-Haul to drive my parent’s estate items back to Texas. She followed me alone and drove 500 miles each of the next two days – 48 hours after her last radiation treatment. What happened in such a short amount of time?
Her body was depleted of nutrients it needs daily. Supply the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, and the body responds and heals itself. She started volunteering back at our church on Day 7 of radiation therapy sessions. Balanced nutrition was the key to my wife’s chemo-induced brain fog and fatigue.
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