There’s no sigh of relief quite like the one you take after you’ve survived a fight with the coronavirus.
Because that very act of sighing requires the ability to take in air unimpeded. Then let it all back out again with ease. And that, my friend, is something you’ll NEVER take for granted again after having had COVID-19 temporarily steal it from you.
But tragically, the lungs aren’t the only thing that this virus can leave a wreck.
New research confirms the coronavirus can hit you hard in an entirely different way. It can leave you battling debilitating effects that can linger LONG after the virus itself is officially out of your system.
And if you’re fighting this long-term battle yourself… or even suspect you might’ve had coronavirus and haven’t felt like yourself since… this new study also offers hope.
It confirms that what you’re feeling is real. It will help push doctors to take long COVID complaints seriously. And inspire researchers to look for effective treatments.
This means you can look forward to a FULL recovery so you can TRULY savor that deep and satisfying sigh of relief.
What LONG COVID looks like for most people
Naturally, the conventional medicine experts tried to dismiss long COVID at first. After all, that’s what they always do, right?
When the mainstream doesn’t have an answer, their knee-jerk reaction is to try to blame you, suggesting your problem is all in your head. But in the case of long COVID, with so many infections occurring in such a short period, these mysterious symptoms keep showing up again and again in previously healthy people.
Patients who have recovered from the coronavirus report ongoing problems with:
- brain fog
- low energy
- immune problems
- and MORE
Now, the new study not only helps to confirm that long COVID is very real. It also pinpoints the most common, frustrating, and debilitating symptom. And that is FATIGUE.
Of the 239 people tracked in an online support group for long COVID patients, 85 percent still had severe fatigue 11 weeks after the infection began.
It didn’t improve much after that, either. After 24 weeks, 79 percent still had severe fatigue. Worse yet, some folks who had no fatigue or only mild fatigue initially actually developed worsening exhaustion somewhere between weeks 11 and 24.
And less than 20 percent of the patients who had severe fatigue early on saw any real improvements.
But here’s the most maddening part. Nearly everyone in this group saw a specialist or multiple specialists, including physiotherapists, psychologists, and dietitians. And NONE of it helped get to the bottom of the problem.
Mainstream “treatments” miss the mark
The new study doesn’t say what, if anything, the patients were given to treat their long COVID symptoms. But other research has found that some docs are throwing things willy-nilly at the condition.
One report from spring found an increase in the use of drugs like painkillers, BP meds, blood sugar treatments, and antidepressants in the six months after a coronavirus infection.
Now, if I had to make an educated guess, I’d say at least some of those coronavirus patients had undiagnosed conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure before their illness. And the conditions were simply spotted by docs during the infection and treated after.
But the painkillers and antidepressants? That’s likely what they’re giving the long-haul COVID patients. And that’s a mistake.
Painkillers cover up the pain, but they don’t cure the underlying problem. And, of course, antidepressants are the go-to treatment conventional medicine docs use when they have no other answers. It’s also a not-so-subtle way of implying it’s all in your head.
But now we have even more evidence that long COVID is NOT a figment of the imaginations of the many folks battling it. And if that is the case, you certainly deserve more than just painkillers and mood meds.
How to TREAT and BEAT long COVID
There’s still no proven treatment for long COVID yet. It’s just too new, and the studies are underway now. But instead of gobbling up random pain pills and antidepressants, which come with a heap of side effects of their own, it’s time to get back to basics.
Many long-haulers report the most success using good nutrition, proper sleep, and stress relief. Don’t push yourself too hard, and don’t feel bad about taking things a little slower when you have to.
And don’t forget the importance of peak immune function, so the fatigue doesn’t wear you down further and trigger a whole new infection. Natural support such as vitamin C, D, and a multi with minerals can all help you stay as healthy as possible while you recover.
And remember, getting the rest you need literally helps arm your immune system to do battle. Find out how sleep enhances your T-cell response here.