Moving into cold and flu season while COVID is still a public health crisis makes it even more essential to take care of yourself. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to be proactive with your health and be your own best advocate. Do what you need to do to support your body to be as healthy as possible when you are faced with something like COVID.
I had COVID in August, and as a certified nutritionist, I knew there were things I could do to support my health. I want to share with you what I did to help myself through this infection.
Disclaimer: I'm sharing this to articulate that it’s vital to maintain your health. I am not saying that these measures cured me. Please don’t override your doctor’s advice with my personal experience.
In late August, I started feeling like I had to clear my throat a lot, which is nothing new for me. I do have sinus issues. And fall is allergy season, so this was nothing new. I didn't even feel tired; I just had a scratchy throat that I felt like I needed to clear.
Then it got to be where I was feeling fatigued, and I decided that it probably would be responsible of me to get tested.
So a few days after this started, I was diagnosed positive with COVID.
I didn't have severe symptoms. I would say I had long and lingering symptoms, but not severe. I have felt sicker in my life with flu symptoms. In the past, I’ve been sick in bed for two whole weeks with symptoms that lingered for a couple of months. I've collapsed a lung from all the coughing – I've had all those kinds of things.
So with this, I did not have that – but what was different? So with this, I did not have that – but what was different? The lingering symptoms that were just bad enough to keep me from my normal day, and the low-grade fever that kept me home.
I only had about a 99.6 fever, on and off. And that lingered on and on. Just when I thought I was getting back to the land of the living, I would pop up with a little fever which would tell me I'm still fighting this.
For me, that was the most frustrating thing. I still needed to isolate because you can’t go out among other people until that fever is gone and you’re not using fever reducers.
This is the season for colds and flu, so, ideally, you’re already taking steps to support your health.
Here’s what I did:
Don’t wait until you’re sick to support your health. Because COVID is a virus, you generally have to wait for it to run its course if your symptoms are mild. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to help yourself. Healthy food, exercise, rest, stress management, and careful use of supplements can help support your health.