If you had the coronavirus… or even SUSPECT that you have… you deserve big congratulations.
You made it through this nasty infection. And unlike over 185,000 (and counting) others souls who weren’t so lucky, you’re still here to tell the tale.
You took on one of today’s deadliest infections –looked it straight in the eye – and the INFECTION blinked.
You’re clearly one tough cookie.
But whatever you do, don’t let your guard down. Because even if the infection itself is gone, there could be something else waiting in the wings… major FATIGUE.
This unexpected side effect could have a direct impact on your lifestyle and overall quality of life for months and maybe even years to come.
And in this case, a little info can go a LONG way, because preparing for this risk today could help make it a lot easier to handle should it come visiting in the future.
The LONG-TERM impact of coronavirus infection
Doctors worldwide are now getting a first-hand look not just at what COVID-19 looks like when people are sick… but what happens next.
Some people have inflammation around the heart. I wrote about it recently here in Healthier Talk. (Click here to catch up and discover 2 more frightening coronavirus facts you likely don’t know.) It’s a scary condition that’s caused several top athletes to at least temporarily quit sports.
Now, the latest research reveals one more BIG risk. It’s not in the heart, thankfully.
But in a way, it’s just about EVERYWHERE else. The report finds that one in three coronavirus patients who appear to have recovered… at least by every usual measure… insist that something is STILL wrong.
Because something IS wrong. They’re just plain wiped out – suffering from what appears to be a form of chronic fatigue that can follow COVID-19.
The CDC COVID-19 Response Team writes that they’re investigating to see if what folks are describing is actually chronic fatigue syndrome, which typically comes with similar symptoms including…
- brain fog
- immune system dysfunction
- general malaise (feeling unwell), especially after activity
Preparing for “COVID long-haulers” fatigue
The agency says they’re finding online communities with tens of thousands of “COVID long-haulers.” These are folks suffering from often-debilitating problems even after a supposed recovery from the coronavirus itself.
One expert even warned in a CNN interview that this – more than the initial infection itself – could lead to “a longstanding public health disaster.”
That’s certainly possible. There are now some six million confirmed coronavirus cases in the nation. That means two million Americans could end up battling fatigue, and these lingering “don’t feel right” issues.
And that may not be close to the actual numbers. Public health experts believe we could have up to 10 times more cases than the official numbers show… meaning up to 60 million infections and potentially 20 million suffering from lingering fatigue.
There’s no surefire way to protect against this complication. But you can prepare yourself for it if you have the infection… or have had it in the past.
Make sure you follow up with good nutrition, proper sleep, and stress relief. Try breaking down tasks into smaller bites if you find that you sometimes don’t have the energy to do things.
Remember to be kind to yourself and to not push beyond your physical or mental limits. It could do you more harm than good, delaying your full recovery experts say.
And don’t forget to keep your immune system in tip-top shape, so you don’t end up getting sick while you’re feeling rundown and vulnerable. Natural supplements such as vitamin C, D, and a multi with minerals could help you do just that.