In the guidelines issues for patients recovering from the deadly coronavirus disease, the centre said that recovered patients may continue to report wide variety of signs and symptoms including fatigue, body ache, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, etc.
It is to note that 3,702,595 people have so far been discharged from hospitals, or have recovered from COVID-19 infection, as per the data provided by the Union Health Ministry. Recoveries are almost 3.8 times the active cases and under 1/4 of the total coronavirus cases reported so far, the government says. "Professional work should be resumed in a graded manner", the ministry stated in the advisory. "These need to be taken only after prescribed by qualified practitioners permitted under law for prescribing the medicine/therapy under the specific stream", said the Health Ministry in the guidance note.
Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 case tally continues to rise at an unprecedented pace and has touched 47,54,357, including 78,586 deaths.
THE Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stressed on ayurvedic intervention to manage post-COVID conditions in its latest guidelines issued on Sunday for recovered patients, including use of chyawanprash and AYUSH medicines.
Chyawanprash 1 teaspoonful (5 mg) once daily in the morning.
Daily practice of yogasana, pranayama; balanced nutritious diet, preferably easy to digest freshly cooked soft diet; adequate sleep and rest; avoidance of smoking and alcohol have also been advised. "Drink adequate amount of warm water", the Health Ministry has said. A doctor must be always informed about all medicines that the individual is taking (allopathic/AYUSH) so as to avoid prescription interaction.
Self-health monitoring at home - temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar.
Other remedies include consuming warm milk with half a teaspoonful turmeric powder (morning/evening), gargling with turmeric and salt, 1-3 grams of mulethi powder in lukewarm water twice daily if an individual experiences a dry cough, etc. The addition of herbs/spices for gargling/steam inhalation. "Look for early warning signs like high grade fever, breathlessness, unexplained chest pain, new onset of confusion, focal weakness", it said.
The document recommended recovered COVID-19 patients to share their experiences with friends/relatives, or through social media, to spread awareness and reduce the stigma. Severe cases requiring critical care support will require more stringent follow-up, it further said.
Take support of community based self-help groups, civil society organisations, and qualified professionals for the recovery and rehabilitation process.
-Seek psycho-social support from peers, community health workers and counsellors.
Group sessions of yoga and meditation have also been recommended, provided health precautions like physical distancing are followed.
Subsequent treatment may be with the nearest qualified allopathic/AYUSH practitioners/medical facility of other systems of medicine.
But one should avoid poly-therapy due to the potential for an unknown drug-drug interaction, which may lead to Serious Adverse Events (SAE) or Adverse Effects (AE), the Ministry noted in the post COVID management protocol.
Home-isolated patients should visit the nearest healthcare facility if symptoms persist.