How to take care of your well-being after surviving COVID-19

Published August 26, 2021, 1:14 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Recovery after getting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a major feat.

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However, there are expected after-effects following one’s recovery from the disease.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), patients recovering from both mild and severe forms of COVID-19 infection may feel fatigue constantly.

Those who recovered from COVID-19, WHO added, are expected to be low on energy wherein even the smallest of activities require energy and are bound to be difficult to manage.

Aside from feeling tired, they are also expected to run out of breath easily and they will feel generally weak following a severe illness.

To support COVID-19 survivors, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) issued reminders on how to care for their well-being as the virus is proven to have long-lasting effects after recovery.

While the standard laws of staying safe suggest everyone cover their faces with face masks, wash hands regularly, and practice social distancing, PRC reminded recovered patients that they must ensure the following:

– Have a balanced healthy diet

– Exercise regularly

– Minimize stress

– Maintain a positive attitude

At the same time, the PRC volunteers and staff also recognize that it is “normal” for patients who had COVID-19 to feel anxious, sad, and fearful.

“If you feel low, or fearful, or sad, reach out to a family member, a friend, or your doctor for assistance,” PRC said.

“Also if you have a loved one who had COVID-19 recently, you may be prone to feeling stress, sadness, worry, and anxiety; don’t hesitate to reach out to other family and friends or seek the counsel of a doctor/ psychologist if you feel overwhelmed,” it added.

As mental health and psychosocial needs of people affected by armed conflict, natural disasters, and other emergencies remain an urgent humanitarian issue, the PRC continues to support individuals, families, and communities by providing services ranging from basic psychosocial support to more specialized mental health care.