COVID-19 Recovery: What Next?

Updated on April 9th, 2020
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COVID-19 pandemic is one of the deadliest attacks known to humans in the recent past. The complications of it have pushed most of the world into a complete lockdown.

However, the fatality rate of the total reported cases is below 5%. And also, most of those infected by coronavirus experience mild complications and can recover with proper treatment. 

What Happens After Recovery?

One more thing that people are concerned about is life after recovering from coronavirus. There are some reports of reinfection, but researchers are studying the possibility of such cases.

One other question that is lingering around the topic is if the patients have fully recovered. People who have recovered might still have had a virus in their body, which was not detected. So, even after they thought they had fully recovered, the virus might attack after a few days of recovery. 

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What Is the Possibility of Spreading After the Recovery?

According to a report (1), four people who were COVID-19 positive were discharged from the hospital after they recovered and showed COVID-19 negative in the tests. However, after five days of recovery, they were tested positive for the infection for about a week. They were also asymptomatic, and no reports of spreading to their family members were reported. 

Does the Immune System Fight Better After Recovery?

There are enough studies that state that people who have recovered from COVID-19 have a better immune system to fight if they are reinfected. The other thing is that there are a few strains of coronaviruses that cause seasonal infections. People who get infected by these strains develop immunity for them during their life. 

However, in some cases, it could get complicated and be fatal, while some can fight it without any significant issue. Thus, people who recover may get infected again, wherein few may be able to recover with quarantine while others may require proper care in the hospital. 

On the positive note, the mutation ability of these coronaviruses is not as rapid as others, which causes other infections or respiratory diseases. Hence, once the vaccine is developed, it may be useful for at least some time in the future. It could also, in turn, reduce the burden of these viruses on humans, if it attacks shortly. 

In a study of how the body responds to other coronaviruses (2), it was observed that the innate immune system inhibits viral replication, incites tissue repair, and promotes the clearance of the virus. It may also have an influence on adaptive immunity, which can effectively fight the infection if it comes back.

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But, the situation may vary, wherein some may develop an effective immune response for it while others may not. Another study on MERS survivors observed that people were able to develop an immune response, which was detected up to two years later (3) and slowly decreased in the coming years. 

It should be noted that these remarks are based on viruses similar to the novel coronavirus. To understand our body’s ability to fight the reinfection of COVID-19, we might need more studies that can take at least a few months to begin. There are also claims surrounding the status of the infections. Will the person who is severely infected and has recovered would have better immunity than those who are mildly affected?

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What happens to the body after recovery?

Since the new infection is only about a few months old, it may take some time for the doctors or researchers on the long-term effects it would have on the body. However, those who recovered from COVID-19 may have decreased lung capacity (4) and other respiratory distresses. Since, in severe cases, it can also infect the gut, and other organs, proper care with a conscious & healthy lifestyle should be followed.

Conclusion:

Attacks like COVID-19 are no new to humans, but this has been one of the more brutal infections. People are recovering, but equal care should be taken to avoid reinfection or even spreading if the virus stays in the body. A person should be in quarantine for the suggested period. A healthy lifestyle is a must to improve the immune system and recovery process. 

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