Coronavirus recovery: How do people recover?

Coronavirus is impacting our day-to-day lives, with lockdown enforcements meaning the nation has to stay at home and avoid non-essential public spaces – how many people in the UK have coronavirus? and how do you recover from the disease?

How many people have coronavirus?

Globally, there are more than 2,921,571 cases of coronavirus, and over 203,299 of these people have died.

What you don’t hear often is that 837,045 of these have recovered.

Of all the closed cases- cases which have had an outcome- 80 percent of patients have recovered, and 20 percent have died.

In the UK, the total number of cases is at 148,277, and more than 20,000 of these people have died in hospitals alone.

So how has this happened? How do people recover from coronavirus?

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How do you recover from coronavirus?

Patients who require hospital care and an oxygen mask will take longer to recover, in general.

A World Health Organisation report from February said patients with a “severe or critical” case of coronavirus can expect to recover in about three to six weeks, but it could take longer.

Another study published in the British Medical Journal – not specific to coronavirus- found that those who spend weeks in intensive care find they still have muscle weakness a couple of months after leaving the hospital.

This can last for another six months and mean patients struggle to do day-to-day tasks, like walking upstairs, and getting out of the bath.

Dr James Gill, GP and clinical lecturer at Warwick Medical School, says it is believed that, of the patients in hospital, about half will require no further care after being discharged.

As for the rest, 45 percent will need “some form of low-level medical or social [care]”, and the remaining five percent will need “more focused, intense rehabilitation”.

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Why do people die from coronavirus?

Some people develop a more serious form of coronavirus when their immune system overreacts to the virus.

This causes inflammation of the lungs- better known as pneumonia.

With pneumonia, tiny sacs in the lungs start to fill up with water and this leads to shortness of breath.

Around 14 percent of people in China experienced this.

Even worse, six percent of cases can become critically ill.

Their bodies start to fail and death is a real possibility for this group.

The immune system begins to spiral out of control and this can cause septic shock.

Septic shock is when your blood pressure drops so low that your organs stop working.

Will social distancing and self-isolating help us recover from coronavirus?

The Government has been warning Brits to ‘Stay at home’ for more than a month now, but will this do any good? explains exactly why you need to stay indoors.

The site says: “This guidance is for everyone, including children.

“It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

The social distancing rules at present are straightforward, they are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

The theory is that this reduction of social interaction will slow the transmission of COVID-19.

Public Health England has said that these measures aren’t a new concept, they are “well-established and have been discussed and planned for many years,” as part of the Government’s plan for a pandemic.

On April 16, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced that UK lockdown conditions would be extended for another three weeks.

He said the Government was being “as open as we responsibly can at this stage”, and added: “it would not be responsible to prejudge the evidence that Sage will have and review in just a few weeks’ time.”

Mr Raab confirmed that the Government is watching and comparing what is happening in other countries, but “we’ve got to do what is right for the British people based on the advice of our experts, grounded in the conditions prevailing here in the UK.”

The Government has to be very careful to avoid a second bout of the virus, so they cannot relax the rules too soon.

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