Researchers report that the best way to prevent long COVID is to do everything you can to protect yourself from becoming infected in the first place.
And, if you do catch COVID, get treatment right away. Their recommendations include:
- Stay up to date with your vaccinations
- Wear a good, clean mask
- Be careful in high-risk situations and around people whose vaccination status you don’t know
- Wash your hands frequently
- If you’re feeling unwell or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID, get tested as soon as possible
- And, if you test positive, seek treatment immediately
Long COVID (short for long-haul or lasting COVID) produces lingering problems for some people who were infected by the virus. Long COVID symptoms can range from shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, or brain fog to joint pain, tremors, or permanent lung or heart damage.
Doctors researching long COVID are working to understand what causes it, who is more at risk, and how to prevent it. Unfortunately, their research is still in the early stages and there isn’t a specific way to prevent it yet.
https://medicine.yale.edu/media-player/6051/ (Yale Medicine)
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/pact/ (Johns Hopkins)
https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2021/08/cincinnaticom–uc-health-opens-long-covid-19-clinic.html (UC Health)