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A Comprehensive Guideon Post-COVID-19 Care

Take a moment and be proud of yourself, if you have just recovered from COVID-19, returned home from the hospital, YOU have already won the war! Give a pat to yourself and get ready for smaller battles as you get back to your routine life.

To help you fight these small battles, Future Generali India Life Insurance company presents a comprehensive guide to a proper post-COVID care, while answering the most common questions on the same. Here you go!

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What are the common symptoms experienced by individuals after COVID-19 treatment?

Generally, people experience symptoms like:

  • Low energy levels and fatigue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Breathless with even a little bit of physical exertion
  • Chest congestion and a lot of phlegm
  • Cough with phlegm
  • Poor appetite and/or changed taste in the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty remembering things and poor concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Fear of relapse or a family member contracting the illness
  • Nightmares or bad memories of your time in the hospital

How to deal with post-COVID symptom like fatigue?

Any viral infection leaves with some amount of fatigue because the body diverts a lot of energy to recover from the infection/illness, especially, when it is illness like COVID. However, here are some to-dos suggested by Dr. Honey Savla for post-COVID fatigue:

  • Do not expect high energy levels from your body from the 14th day itself.
  • Make a new timetable with your current energy levels in mind.
  • Reorganize your space/office/desk to reduce energy consumption
  • Be honest about how much you can take
  • Go slow, pace yourself
  • Don't overlook how you feel
  • Eat energy-boosting foods
  • Fruits like bananas, apples, and oranges can be consumed.
  • You can add a little bit of honey to warm lemon water and drink that for a quick pick-me-up.
  • Consume at least 2.5 liters of normal water daily

How to manage dry cough in the post-COVID phase?

The following are the must-try tips by Dr. Honey Savla to manage dry cough in the post-COVID phase:

  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Try to avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and coffee for some time, as these can cause dehydration.
  • Sip on water throughout the day—don't gulp several glasses at a time, sip slowly and frequently.
  • Inhale steam for 10-15 minutes, two to three times a day.

How to manage productive cough or cough with sputum?

Here are a few ways suggested by Dr. Honey Savla to manage a productive cough or cough with sputum:

  • Steam inhalation can loosen the phlegm and help it to come out. Take steam twice or thrice a day, for about 15 minutes each time.
  • Try sleeping on one side rather than flat on your back.
  • Drink lots of fluids, including high-protein and high-energy drinks.
  • You can also drink kadha made by boiling ginger, Tulsi and black pepper in water for 5-7 minutes.

How to deal with anxiety in the post-COVID phase?

Dealing with anxiety is very important. To help the individual recovering from COVID-19 here are some ways to deal with anxiety in the post-COVID phase:

  • Stop watching the news about the pandemic if it makes you unhappy or anxious in any way.
  • Take up meditation or yoga to de-stress and jumpstart your physical recovery.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.
  • Ground yourself: Engage all five senses, to really become present in the moment. List five things you can see, four you can hear, three you can touch, two you can feel and one you can taste.
  • Stay connected with friends and family over the phone and video calls.

What should be the post-COVID diet?

Along with fluids and water intake, nutrition is one of the most-important aspects to be kept in mind after recovering from COVID. Vitamins, proteins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats should be a part of your daily diet. Here's a detailed understanding on the recommended post-COVID diet.

  • During this time, it is important to eat foods that help you rebuild muscle, immunity and energy levels.
  • Your diet should be rich proteins, vitamins and minerals.
  • Whole grains like wheat, ragi and oats are a storehouse of healthy carbohydrates—the body's main source of energy.
  • Meat, fish, eggs are great sources of protein. Drinking bone broth or chicken soup is also a good idea. If you are a vegetarian, you could eat lentils, beans, soybeans, nuts and seeds.
  • You should consume healthy fats found in nuts like walnuts and almonds. Cashews are a good source of zinc, which boost your immunity and eases some flu-like symptoms.
  • Dairy products: You can have turmeric milk once a day to boost your immunity and build up strength again.
  • Soymilk, tofu cottage cheese are also good vegetarian sources of protein.
  • For adequate vitamins and mineral, eat at least five servings each of vegetables and fruits in a day.
  • Fruits contain a natural sugar known as fructose which is easily absorbed in the body—that's why eating fruits gives you energy quite quickly.
  • You should, as they say, "Eat with the rainbow". This means, try to include different colors on your plate.
  • Purple from berries, orange from carrots, yellow from yellow bell peppers, green from peas, and so on.
  • Eat foods that lift your mood and boost your immunity, like dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa).
  • Add plenty of fibers and water in your diet to improve gut health.
  • Some of you may experience loss of sense of taste or difficulty swallowing may kill your appetite. It is important eat at regular intervals despite these problems.
  • If you are having difficulty swallowing, try blending your food into a smooth paste or cutting it up into very tiny pieces.

When to see a doctor in the post-COVID phase?

The following could indicate the need for medical attention:

  • A little bit of breathlessness is to be expected, especially during exercise or strenuous physical activity.
  • However, if your breathing difficulties increase in frequency and/or intensity, you should call your doctor.
  • If you become breathless after even a little bit of activity and this does not improve over the next few days, call your doctor
  • If you develop fever again.
  • Call your doctor if you have chest pain or a feeling of pressure in your chest.

What simple measurements must be taken on a daily basis post-COVID?

Simple measurements like self-health monitoring at home - temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar (especially, if diabetic), pulse oximetry etc. (if medically advised) must be taken. Additionally, look for early warning signs like high grade fever, breathlessness, Sp02 < 95%, unexplained chest pain, new onset of confusion, focal weakness. Also, look for any signs suggestive of black fungus like redness of eyes, diminution of vision, cheek swelling and pain or blood in cough or teeth pain or loosening.

Future General India Life Insurance wishes all the infected individuals a speedy during and post-COVID recovery! Additionally, we urge to get yourself insured to face uncertainties like COVID-19 without any financial tension. Know more about COVID-19 insurance plan.

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