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Even When COVID-19 Has Come And Gone, How Will It Permanently Change Our Lives?

In many ways, it already has

We say when COVID-19 has come and gone—not if. Because we'd like to believe that there is an end to this pandemic, that millions from around the world will one day again return to their work desks safely, children can see their friends at school again, hugs can be given and received freely once more, and we can turn this proverbial chapter and start anew.


But how "fresh" can our beginnings truly be once the pandemic has been successfully contained, whether that's via a vaccine or other ways? Does putting an end to the COVID-19 health crisis mean that we shed the new normal we needed to grow accustomed to in order to survive, or does that mean living a new normal, version 2.0, where we get to enjoy our freedoms from before but combine them with new practices and habits we picked from this time? 


Research says it's more likely to be the latter, and really, we're glad that it is. 


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We've talked about the long-lasting behavioral and social consequences that the pandemic is projected to leave behind, but what about its long-term effects on health? COVID-19 was a health crisis first and foremost after all, and everything else was just an offset of this. 


Aside from studying how COVID has changed the way we live, studies have also looked into how the disease has changed our bodies, especially for those who became sick and have fully recovered. 


According to the Center for Disease Control, there are a number of long-term physical effects left behind by COVID-19, even with a fully recovery, and they include: 

  • Fevers
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle pain 
  • Headaches
  • Palpitations


These symptoms can be lingering or recurrent. There are have been more serious consequences recorded, such as:

  • Lung dysfunction 
  • Inflammation of the heart and arrhythmia 
  • Vocal chord damage
  • Dermatological issues
  • Kidney injury 
  • Neurological issues (e.g.: dizziness, difficulty in focusing, and nerve pain)


Generally speaking, long-term effects of COVID-19 on the body are mostly still uncertain and not set in stone. The disease continues to baffle and posts different sets of complications on both the group and individual levels making it difficult for doctors and researchers to pinpoint a pattern. 


Almost a year into the pandemic, the solution to keeping safe from COVID-19 and making sure we protect ourselves from these long-term effects is the same: follow health protocols to a tee, take quarantine seriously, avoid non-essential activity, eat healthy and boost immunity, exercise, get enough sleep, and watch out for each other. 


Make sure to make it through this shared ordeal long enough to see the world transition into the new normal, version 2.0.


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