Vulnerable patients have a higher risk of having severe and critical symptoms of COVID-19. The good news is, mild to moderate cases are still more common.
Even with this knowledge, experts are still asking healthy people to be careful. This is because some young and healthy people who contract the virus can become severely ill, and may die.
What to Do If You Contract the Virus?
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the most important thing to do in order to protect your family and loved ones would be to strictly follow quarantine recommendations and do self isolation.
Once your doctor has cleared you from quarantine, you must still continue to be vigilant about protecting yourself and others. Do not go out without wearing a mask, never let “outside” items in the house unless they have already been disinfected, and take a bath immediately after going back home. These are just some of the new rules that COVID-19 has imposed in almost every household in our country. However, the transmission is still possible. As long as we go out, talk to people, and touch contaminated objects, the risk remains.
Typical Recovery Time of COVID-19 Patients
As mentioned, recovery is different for every individual and depends on the type of illness that you have. Here is an overview for each classification:
- Mild Symptoms – Patients who get mild symptoms typically recover within 7 to 14 days. Experts say it will feel like recovering from flu or other respiratory viral infection. It is important to follow your doctors quarantine recommendations even if your symptoms have improved.
- Moderate Symptoms – If you develop moderate symptoms, which often require hospitalization for management of pneumonia, your road to recovery may take several weeks. Additionally, you may still expect to have residual cough and fatigue.
- Severe Symptoms – A person who experiences severe symptoms or those who have become critical cases may find themselves confined in the ICU. They may even require the support of a ventilator. Recovery time takes anywhere from several weeks to months.
Now that you know about the typical recovery time, it is time to understand what happens after recovery from COVID-19.