The world has faced the COVID-19 pandemic for the last seven months, and experts believe that the coronavirus will have long-term effects on health care facilities; post-viral syndrome.
COVID-19 is known to cause severe health problems that might take weeks to overcome because the recovered people report symptoms that persist. The coronavirus can cause neurological diseases in the brain, like stroke, and might cause heart and lung damage.
The Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, also a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force stated,
“Brain fog, fatigue, and difficulty in concentrating…this is something we really need to seriously look at because it very well might be a post-viral syndrome associated with COVID-19.”
The post-viral syndrome is referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)-like illness, and it was previously known as chronic fatigue syndrome. The health experts say that post-viral syndrome is a risk because the coronavirus is an unexplained, relapsing, and persistent infection, and it has severe health impacts. There are risks to the immune, nervous, and sympathetic, and nervous systems in the body.
However, diabetes and hypertension are risk factors for coronavirus, and the immune system faces a challenge to recover. The internist, Dr. Minh Nghi from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, and Texas Health Physicians Group have hope for the treatment of the post-viral syndrome.
“Treatment is focused on reassurance, self-care, and symptomatic control.”
He also affirmed that therapies like cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exercise, massage, and acupuncture are also addressed to minimize the pain. However, he suggests it is essential to monitor the survivors to ensure well-being at physical and mental abilities to post the exercise.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the treatment procedures for post-viral syndrome, although experts believe that patients recover with time.