COVID-19 symptoms can persist for months. While most patients make a full recovery within a few weeks, there is some evidence of damage to the lungs, heart, brain all of which can lead to long-term health issues. The following articles present some interesting perspectives on the potential long-term effects of COVID-19.
- Wear a mask in public places
- Social distancing - stay at least 6 feet away from other people
- Wash your hands frequently - with warm soapy water for at least 30 seconds
- Avoid crowds, confined and poorly ventilated spaces.
Thanksgiving: To Do or Not to Do?
- According to an Ohio State University survey, nearly 2 in 5 will attend a holiday gathering with 10 or more in attendance.
- How strong is the desire for people to gather?
- How important is the social connection of Thanksgiving
- Dangers of and impact of social shaming
Exercise After Covid-19: Best Advice is Take it Slow
For the past 20 years, when patients asked me about exercising while recovering from a viral illness like the flu, I gave them the same advice: Listen to your body. If exercise usually makes you feel better, go for it.
Covid-19 has changed my advice
- Cardiac arrhythmias, myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle
- Higher risk of blood clots
- Myocarditis caused by COVID-19
- Considerations for returning to exercise - with a link to evidence-based guidelines
Cardiac Arrest in COVID-19 Pandemic: 'Survival is Possible'
In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, rates of sustained return of spontaneous circulation after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were lower throughout the country compared with a year earlier, in one study.
A second study of that period showed that patients with COVID-19 had rates that were better than previously reported of surviving in-hospital cardiac arrest.
Paul S. Chan, MD, presented the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest research and Oscar J. Mitchell, MD, presented the in-hospital cardiac arrest findings in a late-breaking resuscitation science session at the virtual American Heart Association (AHA) 2020 Scientific Sessions. The former study was also simultaneously published online on November 14 in JAMA Cardiology.
- Outcomes of OHCA 2019 to 2020 comparisons
Long Term Effects of COVID-19 from the CDC
- Most commonly reported long-term symptoms
- Other long-term symptoms
- Most serious long-term complications
- Preventing COVID-19
Covid's Mysterious Long-Term Effects
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