Recovery time for Covid-19
If you contract Covid-19 your recovery time will depend on how sick you become.
Your current health issues, age and gender can increase your risk of becoming extremely ill with Covid-19.
What happens if you only have mild symptoms?
Most people who contracted Covid-19 will only have the main symptoms. These include a cough or a high fever.
But they can also experience body aches, fatigue, headache and a sore throat.
The cough initially is dry, but some people will start coughing up mucus which contains dead lung cells killed by the Covid-19 virus.
The fever normally will settle within one week, but the cough may remain for longer.
It takes two weeks on average to recover according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Mild symptoms can be treated with bed rest, plenty of fluids and paracetamol.
What happens if you have more serious symptoms?
More serious symptoms can occur within 7 to 10 days of being infected. The change is sudden.
As the lungs get inflamed, breathing becomes more difficult and some people have to be admitted to hospital for oxygen treatment.
According to GP Sarah Jarvis, “The shortness of breath may take some considerable time to improve… the body is getting over scarring and inflammation.”
Recovering can be two to eight weeks.
What happens if you are admitted to ICU?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) one out of every 20 people will need ICU treatment.
This can include being sedated and placed on a ventilator.
According to Dr. Allison Pittard, Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, it can take anything between 12 to 18 months to get back to normal after any spell in critical care.
Muscle mass loss occurs if patients are in hospital beds for a long period of time.
Muscles will take time to build up again and some patients will need physiotherapy to walk normally again.
Paul Twose, critical care physiotherapist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says there have been reports in
China and Italy of whole-body weakness, shortness of breath after any level of exertion, persistent coughing and irregular breathing, and needing a lot of sleep.
“We do know patients take a considerable period, potentially months, to recover.”
Source: BBC News Health
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