Post-COVID care: risk of death, readmission reported after discharge from the hospital; tips for patient recovery

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Key highlights

  • A recent study suggests that the risk of death and hospital readmission is higher after discharge, for at least 10 days
  • People who have recently recovered from COVID-19 need to be very cautious and pay special attention
  • Here are some tips for post-COVID care patients and healthcare professionals

New Delhi: By now, everyone is aware that, as the threat of COVID-19 disease persists, it’s important to be aware of it and follow all precautions to prevent infection. People also know that getting COVID-19 once may not guarantee safety from infection, and that the disease can show symptoms ranging from a mild cough to severe internal organ damage and can even be fatal in some cases.

By now, millions of people around the world have been infected with the new coronavirus and tested positive for COVID-19. While various health agencies and respective governments have shared protocols on how COVID-19 patients need to be treated after their illness, many patients themselves find themselves confused about how to stay safe and healthy after testing negative for the virus. Long reports of COVID, a condition in which symptoms of COVID-19 persist even after a person has tested negative for it, have also come from various parts of the world, only adding to the concerns of COVID-19 patients.

Risk of death, maximum readmission after 10 days of discharge from the hospital

According to the latest study, the first week and a half after leaving the hospital, post-recovery from COVID-19, is very crucial. .

COVID-19 patients have a 40-60% higher risk of ending up in hospital or dying in the first 10 days, compared to similar patients treated in the same hospitals over the same period for conditions such as heart failure or pneumonia.

The study was published in the JAMA journal.

Post-COVID Care Tips: How Patients and Healthcare Professionals Can Reduce That Risk

Both patients and their caregivers can contribute in various ways to reducing the risk of hospital readmission after a patient has just recovered from COVID-19. Here are some tips that can help you.

  • Practice strict isolation – Some studies have suggested that people who have recovered from COVID-19 may still be carriers of the virus. Therefore, patients must practice strict isolation and avoid any physical contact with healthy individuals.
  • Light exercises – Patients should not begin high-intensity exercise immediately after recovery from COVID-19. They can practice light exercises like deep breathing, stretching, etc. Which will not only aid in recovery but also keep their minds healthy.
  • Social interaction – While physical distancing and isolation must be practiced, it is very important for caregivers and patients to make sure they have some form of social interaction. Video calls, voice calls with family and friends, journaling, watching TV and movies, reading books, etc. They can help entertain the person and keep their mental health in check.
  • Nutrition – Strong immunity not only plays a crucial role in preventing or fighting infections, it is also equally important for recovery. Including healthy and nutritious foods in your diet can help you recover faster and better.

Disclaimer: The tips and tricks mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare practitioner if you have specific questions about any medical issue.