OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — In most health matters, once you recover from an illness there are no lingering symptoms but this can not be said for COVID-19.
Many who recover continue to display its effects and in some cases, it can take months to get rid of shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, or extreme fatigue.
Dale Medical Center Nurse Practitioner, Jeffery Dixon said there is no way of knowing when these symptoms will fade.
“A lot of people initially have lost of taste and smell and congestive type symptoms, it just seems to be one of those things that fade and once it fades there’s really no timeline in how it will come back,” Dixon said. “The majority of people that I see get it back in 4 to 6 weeks but some have it for months.”
Dixon said these lingering symptoms seem to be just a side effect that comes with COVID-19, but said they’re several steps to take to lessen any residual coronavirus symptoms present.
“I think the best thing a person can do is to stay hydrated, take the vitamin supplements, watch your health, and just the normal things we all try to do to stay fairly healthy,” Dixon said. “That’s really the best you can do under the circumstances.”
Dixon said the best way to avoid COVID-19 and the lingering symptoms that come with it is to get vaccinated before you even get sick.
“I think the initial thing to do is if you don’t have a vaccination, I would strongly suggest you get one,” Dixon said. “When you run into trouble get into an office and address it early. The earlier the better.”