Out of 4.75 million COVID-19 cases in India to this day, 3.7 million patients have recovered. According to the #IndiaFightsCorona Twitter handle, five Indian states namely Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka account for at least 60% of the total active cases in India. Even though there has been a rise in coronavirus cases in India, the number of recoveries are equally high.
Today, the Union Health Ministry issued a new management protocol for recovered COVID-19 patients.
In an advisory, the Union Health Ministry made a statement that post-acute COVID-19 illness, recovered patients may continue to experience body ache, sore throat, fatigue, cough and breathing difficulties. The recovery period for patients who are suffering from other diseases including COVID-19 is likely to be longer.
They also encouraged the consumption of Chyawanprash (an ayurvedic health supplement made from minerals and herbs) daily gargling, practising yoga and taking daily walks, for recovered patients. Also, the consumption of AYUSH (Ministry of Ayurveda) medicines are accepted only if one has a prescription from a registered medical practitioner.
Here's what the Union Health Ministry said its words, “Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and Meditation, as much as health permits or as prescribed. Breathing exercises as prescribed by treating physician. Daily morning or evening walk at a comfortable pace as tolerated”
At an individual level, one is expected to follow these post-COVID-19 rules
Recovered COVID-19 patients can share their experience on social media platforms to comfort those suffering from COVID. Their experience will not only serve as inspiration for others but will also debunk any COVID-19 myths that maybe doing the rounds.
For any queries with regard to mental health support, feel free to give any of these numbers a ring.
Within 7 days post-discharge, a recovered COVID-19 patient must follow-up with their doctor. If they are still experiencing any discomfort, they should visit the nearest coronavirus health facility at the earliest.
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