GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 15th June. Does the fight against COVID-19 really end once a negative report comes? What early warning signs to look out for? What sort of food or nutrition should be taken? PIB’s Webinar held today (June 15, 2021) had answers to all these questions. Nutritionist Ishi Khosla and Pulmonologist Dr Nikhil Narayan Bante explained about post-COVID symptoms, how to tackle it and how nutritious food can help us to fight COVID and in recovery post-COVID.
Dr Nikhil Narayan Bante, Lungs and TB Specialist, pointed out that many COVID recovered patients are facing post-COVID-19 syndromes in the second wave of the pandemic. “Around 50%-70% of patients may experience minor or even major symptoms up to 3-6 months after recovering from COVID-19 and is observed more in those patients who had a moderate or severe form of the infection”, he added
He said that the majority of COVID patients recover in 2 – 4 weeks. However, in some patients, the COVID symptoms persist beyond four weeks – a condition known as Acute Post COVID Syndrome. If the symptoms remain even after 12 months, it is known as Post COVID Syndrome.
The Psychological symptoms of post-COVID are Depression, Anxiety and the reason behind post-COVID-19 symptoms are one Virus-related:- Coronavirus affects not only our lungs but can affect all organs including the liver, brain and kidney. So, our body takes time to recover from the infection and second Immunity-related: – Our immune system becomes hyperactive due to the entry of the virus. In the fight between the body and the virus, various chemicals are released which cause inflammation in our organs. In some patients, the inflammation persists for a longer duration. Some common post-covid syndromes are Thromboembolism is the most feared post-COVID-19 condition. It is the obstruction of a blood vessel by blood clots. It can even result in a heart attack or stroke, depending on where the clots occur. However, thromboembolism is being observed only in less than 5% of patients recovering from COVID-19. Pulmonary embolism is a condition in which early signs of a blood clot in the lungs are shown. Symptoms include difficulty in breathing and a fall in blood pressure. Such patients need to be hospitalized immediately and evaluated.