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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM CORONAVIRUS DISEASE?
There are more than a million known who have recovered with the disease of the new coronavirus around the world. However, the road back to full health is not the same for everybody. The recovery time will depend on how sick you became. Some people will dismiss the illness quickly but for others, it could leave lasting problems.
- Having Mild Symptoms
Most people infected with the virus develop only main symptoms such as fever and cough. They may also experience fatigue, body aches, headache, or sore throat. These mild symptoms are treated with plenty of fluids, bed rest, and pain relief. People experiencing mild symptoms must make a good and quick recovery. In less than a week, the fever must settle and it takes 2 weeks on average to recover.
- Having More Serious Symptoms
For some, this infection can be much more serious. It tends to occur about 7-10 days into the infection. The development can be sudden and breathing becomes difficult. The lungs get inflamed as well. It’s being inflamed because it’s overreacting and the body experiences collateral damage. Some patients experiencing this will need to be in the hospital for oxygen therapy. It may take 2-7 weeks to recover.
- In Need For Intensive Care
It will take some time to be fully recovered in an intensive care unit no matter what the condition is. If you are in an intensive care you will be sedated and put on a ventilator.
- Coronavirus Affecting The Health For Long-Term
It is unknown because there is no long-term data yet but we can look for another illness. Acute respiratory distress syndrome develops in patients which causes damage to the lungs whose immune systems go into overdrive. It’s still possible that even several mild cases, it may leave patients with long-term health problems.
- Is It Possible To Catch The Infection Again?
There are lots of speculations but little evidence on how durable any immunity is. If patients have effectively recovered from the virus, they must have built up an immune system response.
If you don’t want to experience any of these, here’s how you can protect yourself and others from being infected:
- Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. Choose foods with lots of liquid like soups.
- Stay home for school, work, and away from other public places including the store. If you must go out, avoid public transportation or taxis/ridesharing and stay 6-feet far away from other people.
- Use a tissue or your elbow if you will cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away right away and wash or sanitize your hands.
- Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as well. It’s especially important to clean your hands after blowing your nose when going to the bathroom, coughing, sneezing, preparing food, or before eating.
- Don’t handle pets or other animals while sick.
- If you are the only adult, clean surfaces that are touched often.
- Avoid sharing personal items with others.