I Had COVID-19 — Now What?

If you've caught and recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19), you might be wondering what that means.
I Had COVID-19 — Now What?
You've recovered from a COVID-19 infection. Here's what you need to know. Shutterstock Images

Having COVID was probably one of the scariest things you’ve experienced, but now that you’ve had it, you might be wondering what to do next. The following can help guide your actions as you navigate your life post-COVID. From continuing to wear a mask to avoiding close contact with other people, there are a few things you can do to avoid reinfection or spreading the virus to your friends and loved ones.

1. Keep Wearing a Mask

It’s best that you continue wearing a mask in public. Not only will it put others at ease, but it will also keep them safe just in case you do happen to catch it again. That way, you’ll be less likely to spread it to anyone when running errands or shopping. Green Supply’s black KN95 face masks are very effective (and more stylish), offering five-layer protection and adjustable nose bridges and elastic ear loops. Stock up on a few of them so you’re never without one when you go out in public.

2. Avoid Close Contact With Anyone

Just as you would if you haven’t had COVID, keep a safe distance between you and others whenever possible (at least six feet) to avoid potentially spreading it. Avoid crowds and large gatherings or events because that would increase your chances of reinfection.

3. Boost Your Immune System

One of the best ways to fight any disease or illness is to boost your immune system and let your body naturally fight it off. You can boost your immune system in several ways, such as consuming Vitamin C, Echinacea tea, elderberries or elderberry supplements. You can also eat foods like:

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4. Keep an Eye on Your Symptoms

If you’ve already tested positive for COVID and done the mandatory 14-day quarantine, you might’ve experienced symptoms during the healing process. Once you’re well, keep an eye out for the same symptoms, which might include:

5. Avoid Others With COVID

This might seem pretty obvious, but avoid contact with anyone who’s had COVID even if you don’t think you can still spread it to others. Cases of reinfection of COVID have been reported, but they’re rare. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so keep your distance from anyone who’s tested positive for COVID no matter how long it’s been since their diagnosis.

6. Work on Your Memory

Coronavirus has been known to damage the memory cells, so if you want to regain some of what you may have lost, start doing activities that can help improve your memory. You can try the following:

  • Chess or checkers
  • Card games
  • Sudoku
  • Puzzles
  • Crosswords
  • Video games
  • Tai chi
  • Exercising
  • Learning a new skill
  • Meditating
  • Sports
  • Learning a new language

Find something you enjoy doing and start working those brain muscles.

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Getting Back to Normal

Since you’ve been around the block already and know what to expect when it comes to COVID, you can start the process of getting back to your normal life. Try to ease back into things, especially if you just got over being sick. Start by protecting yourself from potential reinfection or infecting anyone else by getting a face mask, boosting your immune system, avoiding other people, keeping an eye out for symptoms, working on your memory and keeping a six-foot distance from other people when you’re in public.

For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.

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Dr. Keith Kantor

Dr. Kantor has been an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 30 years. He is also on the Board of Directors for NAMI.org in G

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