One of the main symptoms of prolonged Covid is fatigue. Unlike normal tiredness, which passes after a good rest, the feeling is persistent and can last for several months.
If fatigue is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, weight loss, bleeding, pain or night sweats, it is important to see a doctor. If the condition does not improve on its own, it is also recommended to schedule a visit to a health professional.
Professor of medicine Natasha Yates, from Bond University in Australia, teaches that small adjustments to routine can help solve the problem. In an article published in scientific dissemination platform The Conversationshe writes that research is still lacking to understand exactly what might help, but there are some steps to take.
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1 – Slow down
The first piece of advice is to take it easy, slowing down your activities until your energy levels return to normal.
2 – Calm down to resume exercises
The return to the physical exercise routine should also be gradual, respecting the body’s limits – physical therapists and physical education specialists can help create more suitable series for the moment.
3 – Prioritize sleep
Yates also suggests that sleep be prioritized. “Remember that while you sleep, the body conserves energy and heals itself. Having a scheduled bedtime and resting when you are tired during the day are important habits to recover”, writes the teacher.
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Without having a definitive name, the set of symptoms that continues after the coronavirus infection is cured is called Post-Covid Syndrome, Long Covid, Persistent Covid or Prolonged Covid. freepik
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Cases in which the symptoms of the infection last for more than 4 weeks are called long Covid. In addition, some other patients even recover quickly, but have long-term problems. Pixabay
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One of the most recent and comprehensive articles on the topic is from a group of universities in the United States, Mexico and Sweden. The researchers selected the most relevant publications on prolonged Covid around the world and identified 55 main symptoms. iStock
Among the 47,910 patients who took part in the studies, the five main symptoms detected were: fatigue, headache, difficulty paying attention, hair loss and difficulty breathing. Getty Images
Prolonged Covid is also common after mild and moderate versions of the infection, without the patient needing hospitalization. About 80% of people who caught the disease still had some symptoms at least two weeks after curing the virus.freepik
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In addition, one of the studies analyzed points out that fatigue after the coronavirus is more common among women, as well as hair loss.metropolises
Experts believe that the long Covid could be a “second wave” of the damage caused by the virus to the body. The initial infection causes some people’s immune systems to become overwhelmed, attacking not just the virus but the body’s own tissues. Getty Images
For now, there is still no adequate treatment for this clinical condition that appears after recovery from Covid-19. The main focus is on controlling symptoms and gradually increasing daily activities.Getty Images
4 – Improve your diet
Another important action is to increase the variety of healthy foods, betting on vegetables, fruits and vegetables full of nutrients. The doctor explains that medicines without scientific evidence are not recommended.
“Try to see food as a way to supply the body with the energy and micronutrients it needs to recover,” he teaches.
5 – Pay attention to yourself
Finally, Yates says it is essential to monitor fatigue to see if it is improving. If the condition is getting worse, see a doctor.