At a time when COVID-19 cases in the country are increasing rapidly and more cases of post-COVID complications are coming to the fore, the Centre on Sunday issued a detailed post-COVID management protocol. Under the post-COVID management protocol, discharged patients have been suggested to take precautionary measures.
Notably, several patients who successfully won the battle against COVID-19 are experiencing post-COVID symptoms. These include fatigue, body ache, cough, sore throat and difficulty in breathing among others. If not managed properly, there have been reports of fatalities due to post-COVID complications.
In fact, a veteran politician and former RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Sunday succumbed to post-COVID complications. Union home minister Amit Shah also had to be admitted to AIIMS, New Delhi, for post-COVID care.
Suggestions of the health ministry
The health ministry has suggested that the discharged patient should use a mask, maintain hand and respiratory hygiene, and physical distancing from others. The recovered patient should also drink adequate amount of warm water, if not contraindicated.
Similarly, patients have been asked to take immunity promoting AYUSH medicines. These include ayush kwath, samshamani vati or giloy powder, Ashwagandha and amla. This apart, patients have been asked to take mulethi powder in case of dry cough and warm milk with turmeric. Patients have been also asked to regularly gargle with turmeric and salt. They have been also asked to consume chawanprash for faster recovery from the impact of COVID-19 infection.
Patients asked to regularly exercise
The ministry has also asked patients to practice yogasana, pranayama and meditation on a daily basis. They have been also asked to practice breathing exercises as suggested by doctors. Patients have been also asked to go for a morning or evening walk, if health permits.
The ministry has asked patients to opt for a balanced nutritious diet that should be freshly cooked and easy to digest. Patients have been also asked to avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol.
Patients have been asked to regularly monitor temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen level, etc. The ministry has also clarified about the early warning signs to watch out for in the case of post-COVID patients. The symptoms include high-grade fever, breathlessness, SP02 less than 95 per cent and unexplained chest pain. It also includes new onset of confusion and focal weakness.
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