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What is post-Covid fatigue syndrome? UAE doctors explain.
Dhanusha Gokulan | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2022-01-21 | Last updated on 2022-01-21 09:59:01
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It has been 10 days since you completed isolation after testing positive for the dreaded Covid-19 and are raring to get back to your ‘normal life’. Yet, you continue to suffer from lingering fatigue, irritability, and lethargy? There is a high probability you have post-Covid fatigue.
While for most people, Covid-19 has led to mild and brief symptoms, other patients have reported symptoms such as persistent fatigue, pain, and a lingering cough. UAE doctors have confirmed the phenomenon is as natural as day.
 
What is post-Covid fatigue syndrome?
Dr Mahshan Kalpaka Mohammed, a specialist pulmonologist at Burjeel Royal Hospital, Al Ain, said, “As with any viral infection, hampering the immune system, the expected outcome is fatiguing. Immunity is crucial in any infection, especially in Covid. As a result, post-Covid fatigue is prevalent, depending on the severity of the condition.”
According to Dr Mohammed, when an infection progresses from moderate to severe, the degree of post-infection healing worsens. “Post-Covid tiredness and recovery are also influenced by psychological stress,” he stated.
 
What are the symptoms of the syndrome?
The lungs are the most commonly affected organ in Covid-19. “Exertional dyspnoea, often known as inflammation, is a significant part of the illness process; post-Covid airway inflammatory cough is common,” said Dr Mohammed.
 
Common signs and symptoms of post-Covid fatigue are:
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Myalgia and muscular aches
  • Headache or foggy brain
Who can feel the symptoms?
Older people, and people with severe medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering Covid-19 symptoms, but even young, otherwise healthy people can feel unwell for weeks to months after infection, said Dr Mohammed.
 
How to recover from post-Covid fatigue?
  • Get back to normalcy slowly
  • Take a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables.
  • Be gentle on your gut, don’t consume junk food, avoid alcohol
  • Stress management is crucial both during and after the sickness
  • Take foods that are high in nutrients, as well as a multivitamin
  • Exercising is essential. Patients should do slow cardiorespiratory workouts regularly
  • Vitamin C, also known as ascorbyl acid, plays a vital role in immunity. Antioxidants are another critical component to look for
  • Lung function is improved by increasing breath holding time. Breathing exercises and diaphragm strengthening in the elderly, as well as mild to severe cases, all play a part
 
What can be done to improve mental health after recovering from Covid?
  • Meet the doctor post-Covid quarantine or discharge from hospital
  • Get a post-Covid checkup done
  • Get your queries answered by the doctor.
  • Once you’re sure there is no post-Covid residual effect, it helps a lot mentally
  • Keep yourself busy, don’t stay alone.
  • Talk to your family and friends regarding your concerns
  • If still not helping, seek doctors help, including a psychologist
  • The problem is transient, and it should go
 
 
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