Long COVID: Reinfection with COVID-19

Reinfection with COVID-19

You might be wondering, “What will happen if I get reinfected?” This is a common question for people dealing with long COVID. Researchers are still studying long COVID and the effects of reinfection.

When reinfected with COVID-19, some people have fewer difficult symptoms, while others have more severe symptoms, compared to the early phase of their first COVID-19 infection. 

Also, it is common for long COVID symptoms to worsen at first. You can improve your symptoms by getting lots of rest. Talk to your coach if you need guidance or support. Your Goodpath program has many tools and resources that can help improve your overall well-being. Below are some steps you can take to deal with COVID-19 reinfection.

Prevention

It is important to stay up to date on vaccinations and boosters to prevent reinfection. Both vaccination and previous COVID-19 infections have been shown to provide some protection against reinfection.

Living a healthy lifestyle can also strengthen your immune system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists six ways to strengthen your immune system

1. Increase physical activity

2. Eat well

3. Maintain a healthy weight

4. Get enough sleep

5. Limit alcohol

6. Quit smoking if you smoke cigarettes

Your Goodpath coach can help you make changes to your lifestyle. These changes will help you improve your health.

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Management

You tested positive for COVID-19 again. You might think, “What’s next?” 

You can follow the same recommendations as your initial COVID-19 infection.

Stay Home

It is important to stay home and isolate yourself when you are sick. If others are at home with you, do your best to stay separate. If you cannot avoid others, wear a mask.

Seek Treatment

Your doctor may recommend prescription antiviral medication, like Paxlovid. It is important to contact your doctor as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19. Treatment must be started within the first few days of symptoms.

Monitor Symptoms and Rest

Watch your symptoms and follow the guidance of your medical provider. You may take over-the-counter medication to manage your symptoms. Rest and hydration are also very important for recovery. 

You can use the technique of pacing and the Four P’s. Both of these are taught in your Goodpath program. Your coach can support you with these tools. As your symptoms of COVID-19 improve, it is important that you return to activities slowly. Also, be aware of how your body responds to increased physical and cognitive activity. If you feel fatigue, or other worsening symptoms as you become more active, reduce your activity level, rest, and talk to your Goodpath coach.