The effects of the Corona virus can be seen not only during the infected period, but also after recovery. This situation, called Post-Covid (post-Covid) or Long-Covid (Long-Covid), is among the topics that come to the fore in the last period of the epidemic.
Some people who survive the disease may experience symptoms weeks or even months later.
According to the data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of every ten people who are positive for Covid, symptoms are observed for 12 weeks or longer. These include coughing, shortness of breath, headache, chest and muscle aches, inability to smell, fatigue, depression and skin problems. Long Covid disease can also be seen in those who survived mildly.
“I STARTED BREATHING WHILE WALKING”
According to the news of DW Turkish, Aret Mıgırdiçoğlu, 56, living in Istanbul, is one of the many people who show symptoms after the corona virus. Mıgırdiçoğlu caught the virus at the end of March. A few days after the diagnosis, when his cough increased, he applied to the hospital and was hospitalized in the service department for about a week. After a mild illness, he returned home when the test result was negative.
But his real complaints started at this point. Mıgırdiçoğlu states that fatigue first appears:
“Normally, I would walk for 1 hour after work, there would be no problem. However, when I tried to walk for 40-45 minutes after the corona virus, I started to feel out of breath. I realized that I was tired while climbing the stairs.”
Mıgırdiçoğlu’s complaints did not end there. About a month after he recovered from the disease, in May, he encountered redness in the back area. When she went to the emergency room, she was diagnosed with shingles, a skin disease. Then for two or three days he suffered from severe pain:
“I made an appointment for the skin and when I went I said, ‘Put me down.’ It wasn’t as painful as it would be. I responded to the treatment within a week and ten days, but my pain continued inside.”
Aret Mıgırdiçoğlu then went to internal medicine, neurology and algology, namely pain specialists, respectively. He took various drugs and had to rest at home for a total of more than two months.
Noting that doctors have different opinions about their own health, Mıgırdiçoğlu states that some experts associate their experiences with the corona virus because of their symptoms, while others say that they are independent of the virus. Now the situation is better.
“POST-COVID INFECTIOUS DISEASES CAN BE SEEN”
Chest Diseases Specialist and Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Pandemic Working Group member Dr. Levent Akyıldız noted that infectious diseases such as shingles can be seen as body resistance decreases after the disease.
Stating that although he encountered symptoms such as sleep disturbance, dizziness and stress among the patients he observed, Dr. Akyıldız stated that similarly strong symptoms were not seen much after the flu.
“GOING BACK TO NORMAL LIFE IS IMPORTANT”
Akyıldız conveyed the following information about those who experienced symptoms after corona virus:
“The state of stress related to the disease is very dominant in a significant part of the disease. We can observe anxiety at a level that will affect the daily life of the person. This state of anxiety causes a perspective change that significantly changes the respiratory workload of the person and his perception of daily life, like a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.”
For this reason, Akyıldız advises people to return to their routine lives:
“It is very important to be able to dominate daily life with a functioning close to a normal lifestyle. Walking and exercise are valuable things. Consuming plenty of fluids, regulating sleep and rest are things that can be done for a gradual transition to normalization.”
“WE ARE ON THE WAY”
At WHO, Dr. Levent Akyıldız also points out that we are just at the beginning of the road regarding post-coronavirus symptoms. In the relevant statements, it is emphasized that research on the subject continues, that symptoms that seem serious today may regress in the future, or that a symptom that does not appear today may be encountered in the future.
Long Covid outpatient clinics were opened in some hospitals in Turkey in recent months. After patients report their complaints to these polyclinics, they are directed to the relevant branches.
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