Recovering and Covid-19

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The amount of COVID-19 cases in Grand Bahama and the Bahamas at large have been continuously rising over the past several weeks causing widespread uncertainty and concern among residents.

The public is reminded to practice the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19: wear a face mask when you leave home, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70 percent alcohol; cover your cough or sneeze in your inner elbow or with a tissue; and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as phones, remotes controls, counters, doorknobs, and keyboards.

According to an article published on hopkinsmedicine.org a mild case of COVID-19 might initially seem like a bad case of the flu.  

Persons may start feeling ill and experience some or all of these symptoms: cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, congestion or runny nose.

If you experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately or go to an emergency room. If you have other symptoms listed above, call your doctor. He or she will say whether you need a test or should obtain care.

Most people with a mild case of COVID-19 can rest at home and self-isolate.

Call a doctor or urgent care center and describe your symptoms. The doctor may suggest you get tested for COVID-19. Follow the instructions for your care and treatment.

Call 911 or go to an emergency room if you are experiencing severe breathing difficulties or any other life-threatening situation.

Those with a mild case of COVID-19 appear to recover within one to two weeks. For severe cases, recovery may take six weeks or more, and there may be lasting damage to the heart, kidneys, lungs and brain.

For most people, rest and drinking plenty of fluids are the best treatments. Your doctor may also suggest you take over-the-counter medication for fever.

More severe cases require hospitalization. Care at a hospital varies depending on the individual. You may get breathing support, such as a ventilator, or other treatments.

BBC Health and Science Correspondent James Gallagher wrote an article that was published on May 1st, 2020 where he discussed the recovery process of COVID-19.

Gallagher stated that the disease can be mild for some people but can become extremely serious for others. This tends to happen about seven to 10 days into the infection.

The transformation can be sudden. Breathing becomes difficult and the lungs get inflamed. This is because although the body’s immune system is trying to fight back, it’s actually overreacting and the body experiences collateral damage.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) one person in 20 will need intensive care treatment, which can include being sedated and put on a ventilator.

It will take time to recover from any spell in an intensive or critical care unit (ICU), no matter what the illness. Patients are moved to a regular ward before going home.

So far there is no data that determine whether or not recovering COVID-19 patients would suffer from long term effects but you can look at other conditions.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (called Ards) develops in patients, whose immune systems go into overdrive, causing damage to the lungs.

There can also be physical and psychological difficulties such as fatigue and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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