Covid-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. It can lead to serious complications and even death if left untreated. The most common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
The most serious complication of Covid-19 is pneumonia, which is caused by the virus directly attacking the lungs. This can lead to severe breathing problems and organ failure in some cases. Other complications include acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), stroke, blood clots, heart attack, and kidney failure. People with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease may be at a higher risk for developing severe complications from Covid-19. The knowlebale providers will order blood tests to check for risk of Covid complications.
The treatment plan for Covid-19 depends on the severity of symptoms and any underlying medical conditions. Anyone who has prior exposure to Covid-19 virus or any of its variants is at risk for complications regardless of the severity of the symptoms during initial infection. When symptoms persist after the infected person tests negative, this is called "long Covid." Those with long Covid may experience fatigue, shortness of breath, persistant cough, wheezing, high blood pressure, kidney failure, PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, inability to concentrate, and cognitive problems.
Treatment for Covid-19 complications may include antibiotics, steroids, bronchodilators, cough sup[ressants, antihistimine with decongestant, and medication to lower blood pressure. It is important to monitor people after initial infection for long Covid symptoms and provide appropriate treatment as needed.
In conclusion, it is important to be aware of the potential complications of Covid-19 and to seek prompt medical attention if you think you may have been exposed or show any of the signs and symptoms. Treatment plan should include medication and therapy to address long Covid symptoms as necessary. Early detection and treatment can help reduce the risk of serious complications from Covid-19 infection and save your life.