Ten things you should know after recovering from COVID

Writer: Wang Jingli  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-12-27

1. Respiratory protection is still necessary

Respiratory protection is still necessary after recovering from COVID as respiratory viruses are more frequent in winter. People must still wear masks in crowded places and pay attention to their hand hygiene.

2. Vaccines are not advised for those who’ve just recovered from COVID

According to current vaccine administration rules, people infected with COVID have to wait for at least six months to receive COVID vaccine doses.

3. Gold standards for full recovery from COVID

* Normal body temperature for three consecutive days

* COVID symptoms basically disappear or improve significantly

* If with pneumonia, CT turns out normal

* Negative COVID test results for two consecutive days or the Ct value is greater than or equal to 35 (Three negative antigen test results can represent two negative COVID test results)

4. Cough is a process to “clear the battlefield”

Cough is a process of repairing the airways, which means your body is recovering. No need to worry too much about the cough. During the process, one must drink more water and humidify the air.

5. Loss of taste or smell is a transient symptom

Loss of taste or smell symptom is transient. No need to worry. It takes two weeks to a month for your sense of smell or taste to recover. However, people are advised to seek a doctor when it doesn’t recover after more than a month.

6. Fatigue and tightness in the chest usually will be relieved within two weeks

Some people might feel fatigue or tightness in the chest when recovering, which will be relieved normally in two weeks.

7. Avoid strenuous exercise during early-stage rehabilitation

People are advised to do some gentle exercises instead of strenuous ones, and it is important to gradually return to the previous level of activity and workload. Take a rest when feeling tired.

8. Antibodies produced once immune system detects viruses

The immune system begins working once it detects viruses entering the body. Antibodies are produced from the time the immune system detects the invasion of the virus, and antibody levels reach relatively high levels after two weeks.

9. Small risk of reinfection with normal immune system within half a year

After getting infected with the virus, the protection lasts three to more than six months. After six months, the protection decreases, and the risk of infection increases when the virus mutates further. But within six months, people with normal immune system have a very small reinfection risk.

10. People reinfected with COVID basically show no symptoms

People reinfected with COVID basically show no symptoms. They just test positive for the virus, and even some might cough. However, no virus sample can be taken from reinfected COVID patients, and no signs have shown that they are contagious. As a result, their infectiousness is quite low.