What not to do immediately after suffering COVID-19

What not to do immediately after suffering COVID-19

After suffering COVID-19 (even in its mild form), the body needs time to recover. This process can take from a couple of weeks to several months.

What are the usual activities you shouldn’t return to during this time and why you should beware of taking “immunity complexes”?

Visiting baths and saunas

Overheating is not recommended in the early recovery period after a COVID infection, as it can lead to a worsening of the condition and possibly a recurrence of some of the symptoms. Exposure to extremely high (and low) temperatures is stressful for the body, especially a weakened one. Especially relevant is the advice to postpone with baths and saunas for people with concomitant chronic pathology, who have a high probability of decompensation in this period. Bathing should be postponed until full recovery and normalisation of the general condition after illness. Persons with concomitant chronic diseases should consult their doctor individually.

Hardening and long walks in the cold

Excessive cold after a coronavirus infection poses a high risk of recurrent acute respiratory infections. This is due to the onset of a secondary infection, either viral or bacterial, with reduced immunity. A person who has been cured of a COVID infection and gets hypothermia has a good chance of getting sick again. I recommend taking care of yourself: dress according to the climatic conditions of the environment, monitor and create an optimal room temperature (at work, at home), minimize the time spent in cold places, temporarily abstain from dipping into ice-hole.

As for going to the swimming pool, everything is individual. In general, it is not contraindicated – it is an excellent remedy for post-infection asthenization (weakness, “drowsiness”, sleepiness), as well as breathing exercises for those affected by coronavirus in the lungs. A general recommendation for everyone is not to get hypothermia. You should dry your hair thoroughly before leaving the pool, dress warmly, etc.

Uncontrolled intake of immune medication

Remember that immunomodulators are drugs with unproven effectiveness, so their use cannot be recommended on a mandatory basis.

As for vitamins and minerals, some are used worldwide for the prevention and treatment of COVID infections. For example, vitamins D3 and C and zinc. We would like to remind you that vitamins are medicines, which are laboratory-tested and have a regulated therapeutic dosage, which distinguishes them from dietary supplements. Both lack and excess of vitamins can have negative effects, so I recommend that you consult a doctor to determine the indications and contraindications, the choice of vitamin preparations, the dose and the frequency of taking them.

For those who have taken antibiotics during treatment, a course of probiotics is possible to restore the intestinal microflora. Such preparations contain different strains: bifidobacteria, beneficial strains of E. coli, lactobacilli, some yeast-like fungi, saccharomycetes, aerobacteria or enterococci – all important for strengthening our immunity, digestion, synthesis of certain vitamins (vitamin K and some B vitamins) and protection against certain infections caused by pathogenic flora.