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POST COVID CARE Prevention, Treatment, Management from covid-19 symptoms

Kinjal shah
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Right now as we all know the whole world is going through the pandemic situation of corona infection and it has caused a mental traumatic situation among people due to fear of contracting the disease and poor knowledge of prevention and post covid care. On bases of practical experiences I want to share practical knowledge of post covid care.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow). But once you contract infection it is important to take proper post covid care to prevent further complications.

Post covid Symptoms

 1) Fatigue

2) Exertional Fatigue like after taking bath, after taking food, walking and activities

3) Temporary breathing difficulties after activities

 4) Throat irritation

 5) Fever on and off  in rare conditions

6) Exertional fever

7) Lethargic

8) Loose motion

9) Lose of taste

10) Lose of smell

11) Muscle pain/ Body pain

Note: If the patient with co morbidity condition like chronic diseases CKD, DM, HTN, H/O cardiac disease may have severe symptoms.

CARE OF PATIENT AT HOME

1) Rest proper sleeping pattern.

2) Steam inhalation (4times a day)

3) Gargle with Hot water with salt (3times a day)

4) Deep Breathing exercises (Deep breath in then breath hold then deep breath out) 4- 5 times for 10 min each time

5) Have rest in proper condition. Position for Rest (Lie down on stomach for 20-30 min for 5- 6 times a day and Take a follow under knees while in sitting)

6) Diet must be Protein and Fiber rich (If non vegetarian then it would be helpful) avoid heavy meal intake, small and frequent meal is preferred.

7) Take Vitamin C rich food and seasonal fruits if affordable.

 8) Don’t use force while defecation.

Extra points need to be kept in mind

1) Dont compare your condition with other patient.

2) Once RTPCR negative then you are non covid person. So don’t worry about the symptoms. It takes little time to recover.

3) Listen good music, Read books, and avoid watching a serials and avoid watching a negative scenes.

4) If you feel unusual chest pain, Numbness in extremities, slurring of speech and severe breathing difficulties immediately go to the doctor.

5) Drink sufficient water.

6) Continue the medicine as per doctor advise like Tab Multivitamin, Tab Vitamin C, and Tab Paracetamol or Tab Dolo 650 (If fever or Body pain)

Note:- Many patient have post complications like 1) Residual pneumonia 2) Fever due to post covid inflammation like Asthma, Esophageal Ulcer, Throat ulcer, URTI and Cystitis. 3) Blood Coagulation effect like Cardiac arrest, Stroke and Pulmonary embolism.

Written By:- Mrs. Kinjal Shah

Kinjal shah
Mrs. Kinjal Shah
Vice Principal, HOD of Community Health Nursing
Chitrini Nursing College, Prantij.

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