This article is written by Aaron Smith.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything about the way we live and will continue to do so for some time. Obviously, the biggest change will likely be the way we think about health. Living with the coronavirus is going to change a lot of the ways we conduct our lives and seek treatment for the things that ail us. And while we don’t know for sure what all of those ways will be, we definitely have some clues.
Take a look at what the global health community will focus on in a post-Covid-19 world.
As we now know, the terrifying effects of a Covid-19 hospitalization are only the beginning of many people’s journey to recovering from the disease. The coronavirus can have long term effects on the body even after the infection itself has passed, and one of those is general respiratory failure and chronic fatigue. Many coronavirus survivors are going to deal with breathing problems for a long time and the medical world is going to need to develop solutions to deal with this.
We already know that there are a number of holistic methods that can help alleviate asthma symptoms, including a variety of sports that have the added benefit of keeping the body healthy as well. These may be able to help those suffering from coronavirus’ aftereffects. While the root causes aren’t the same, the respiratory effects can be extremely similar.
Investment in devices like inhalers will also likely be necessary for allowing Covid-19 survivors to live the healthy lives they deserve.
Mental Health and Addiction
Of course, physical wellbeing is a major part of the picture, but it’s only one aspect of the dilemma. As studies are increasingly showing, the mental health of citizens around the world is being severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As many routines are interrupted, job loss increases and news intake becomes easier to access even as the news itself seems to get more dire by the day, many of us are becoming vulnerable to mental health problems that we’ve never experienced before. Those of us who were already struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction and other issues are being affected more deeply than ever.
Recovering from the mental strain of the Covid-19 epidemic will take a long time, and will require the support and resources of government institutions as well as care from friends and family. In addition to medication, therapy, and the support of loved ones, finding ways to pass the time can be a great help in making sure you aren’t overtaken by despair during these challenging times. And always remember that your mental health should be just as big of a priority as your physical health, even if its status is less obvious to an outside observer.
Blood In, Blood Out
As if the respiratory problems that come with COVID-19 weren’t enough to deal with, studies and autopsies are increasingly finding that this strain of the coronavirus may in fact be a blood disease. This is due to irregular clotting found in the organs of those who have come down with the virus, including certain kinds of cells typically only found in the marrow. There’s still no scientific consensus on how to proceed with this information; for the time being it’s still merely one of those scary variables of the disease that needs to be dealt with one day at a time.
You can do your part to deal with the blood elements of the coronavirus by taking some natural blood thinners that you may very well already have in your own pantry or refrigerator. Make sure that you’re also taking your vitamins and avoiding junk food whenever possible. This will help your blood circulation and decrease your risk of blood complications from Covid-19. That is one of the scarier parts of the pandemic for the time being, but thankfully it’s also one of the areas over which you have the most control thanks to diet and exercise.
Getting Through the Pain
One of the least dangerous but most aggravating aspects of recovering from COVID-19 is simple fatigue and joint pain. Whether it’s a physical effect the virus is having or whether it’s more of a psychosomatic problem, the fact remains that many people report an increase in chronic pain even after they’ve recovered from the brunt of the virus’ blows. It may not be as life-threatening as being forced to go on a respirator, but it can still make moving through everyday life a real chore.
Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with chronic pain that don’t necessarily involve expensive drugs, surgeries, or therapies. New patented technologies are emerging all the time to help people deal with their pain, and certain holistic methods have proven to be effective as well.
It simply goes to show that no matter what part of the coronavirus infection you’re dealing with, be it the infection itself, the aftermath, or even just the dread of catching it, there’s always something there to help you get through it.
Author bio: Aaron Smith is an LA-based content strategist and consultant in support of STEM firms and medical practices. He covers industry developments and helps companies connect with clients. In his free time, Aaron enjoys swimming, swing dancing, and sci-fi novels.
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