Covid has affected so many over the last 12 months and in so many ways. Many have lost loved ones; countries have been stretched and also the world has had to react to its ever-changing mutations and effects economically and personally. For those who have had COVID it may not stop and recovery can be long.
If you are short of breath this is a symptom where many are struggling to breathe properly or may even feel as if they are ‘winded’ whereas prior to having the virus they were able to carry on as normal. Simple activities such as gardening, doing housework or even short walks leave you feeling short of breath. You may be feeling more tired regularly and this is also common effects of other respiratory diseases such as COPD, asthma or bronchitis.
Will COVID-19 be added to the list in future as a lung disease?
Please do seek medical advice to help but there are many things you can do to help such as:
– Breathing exercises – Taking your time and not over exerting your body when doing activities – Using medical oxygen to help in some severe cases
Covid affects the lungs and it is a common experience for many even after recovery so it is important to make sure you look after yourself.
Long-awaited trials on a vaccine are now over with multiple trials now complete and signed off for roll-out with UK and US beginning their plans first. Below are a few of the common questions asked as it is perfectly normal to be anxious, worried or want to know what the vaccine is or does.
What does the vaccine do? The vaccine helps protect you from the major symptoms of coronavirus and you may only have a mild form of the virus
How is the vaccine received? The vaccine needs to be administered in two separate doses a few weeks apart. This does mean two trips to the local vaccination centre.
Are there any side affects? Sometimes but these have been advised to be mild such as swelling where the injection was inserted, headache or feeling tired or a fever.
When will I get my vaccine? This depends on where you live, but most countries will be rolling out a schedule starting with the most vulnerable such as Elderly, health care workers and anyone with health problems that are really at high risk from coronavirus. Refer to your governments website for details where you live.
How does it work? The vaccine trains the body’s immune system to recognise the virus and help it to defend itself against a future attack.
For further information and detail please refer to your local healthcare website, especially if you have questions over the Covid-19 vaccine.
Face coverings have now become quite normal when you leave the house for essential journeys, work or to go to the supermarket. Is this the new normal when it comes to Coronavirus as well as social distancing and washing hands?
For those with a respiratory condition or disease it can be uncomfortable but it is bearable and face masks are there to protect one another from catching any infection when passing people even outside queueing or coming into contact with those you do not normally meet. Some people may be exempt due to their conditions but being extra careful outside the house as masks can help to stop infections spreading.
If you have any doubts read your local government or state website for full details on rules, restrictions and regulations where you live. Any other doubts concerned with your health condition then please ask your doctor for more advice.
If you require medical oxygen to assist your breathing then OxygenWorldwide are still on hand if you would like to contact us for any needs of supplying medical oxygen.
Due to Covid-19 medical oxygen has become very difficult to get hold for patients in developing countries such as Africa and the Middle East. Medical oxygen is an essential medicine and should be available to all. Covid-19 has brought an extra constrain on a much needed supply across the world.
Medical oxygen supplies relies on its local infrastructure as it is very costly to transport so these countries have seen their supply gap increase.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought medical oxygen to the table and much needed for all the wards across the globe.
OxygenWorldwide have great connections across the world and can also supply medical oxygen for use in your home for after-care of any other medical conditions. With an extensive team of knowledge and 24/7 communications we are here to help give patients the essential medicine they need. Contact us today for a quote.
Coronavirus is becoming less of an ‘unknown’ virus and more of we at least know someone who has it or has recovered from it. If you are able to see loved ones this Christmas and New Year please be careful and if you require medical oxygen for breathing you can still do this in the comfort of your own home.
A huge part of recovery is being surrounded by the things you love, the people you recognise to look after you and just being calm in your familiar surroundings. If you find yourself or someone close to you in need of medical oxygen after covid-19 then our team can help.
OxygenWorldwide has been arranging and delivering medical oxygen for over 20 years around the world. Portable oxygen concentrators can be used safely in and around your home so give you the freedom to move around your home or at least be comfortable.
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Like many we are all just want to leave 2020 behind and have an immense desire to put this challenging and ever-changing pandemic behind us. As we draw close to the end of the year it seems to have swooped in and taken this dream and all we have been working together towards an ending. Now there does not seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel and we will need to adapt and change to Cvoid-19 being here to stay.
How will we cope?
Well this will mean it will be very normal now to have masks and face coverings, social distancing and washing hand and sanitiser will also become ‘the new normal’. Our future plans will now need to become adaptable and with challenges and changes become opportunities. Do not let what is happening now affect your future. There are ways to be creative, think outside the box and still maintain all what you want to achieve. (within regulations!).
Once herd immunity and the vaccine roll out sets in we will be able to hopefully make more concrete plans of international travel, see loved ones and once again begin our adventures. For now it feels as if time has been put on pause with Covid-19 but as with everyone across the world – we will get there, it just not be the same as before.
The team at OxygenWorldwide have put together all the best tips of what to do when at home whilst in quarantine. The book gives general tips and advice for oxygen users during this global pandemic from how to look after your oxygen equipment to activities, planning your next holiday for 2021 and looking after your mental health.
We are all living through strange times at the moment as the whole world is going into lockdown with Covid-19. As we all learn to social distance and be at home more how can you stop boredom or getting anxiety?
Here are a few things to do to make sure during these times you have a bit of self-care and keep positive, even if you are also dealing with a condition and part of the vulnerable groups of people living with respiratory health problems and using medical oxygen to help you get by each day:
Daily exercises – maintain your daily exercises and stretching to keep up movement and health. Exercising not only helps you stay fit and strengthen muscles but it will boost being positive and an aid a good routine for the day.
Be kind to yourself – If you don’t feel up to doing anything one day let yourself relax, do not get stressed out by these feelings as you will feel more anxious. We all need a rest and time off now and again so just have that lay in or nap as your body is telling you to do so!
Keep in touch – Have a system where you keep in touch with friends and family each week – this may be a certain time each day or week or even a virtual call from your computer. Seeing faces and talking to loved ones really keeps you connected and happy. It’s always good to talk and also means you can check in with people to see if they are doing OK.
If you condition worsens or you have problems with your medication, medical oxygen supply don’t at all feel like you are being a burden to the GP, Hospitals or suppliers. Your health is important and even more so right now so if you need help or you wake up one day and don’t feel right please call and get in touch as it may be important.
Finally use the time to teach yourself something new. Have you always wanted to learn a language, read that book you never get around to or even plan your next holiday. We have more time than ever to really sink our teeth and thoughts into being a better cook, baking a cake, take up a course online or even just getting creative and reading up on your next plan – its time to plan that next adventure and remember we can still help you on your travels so please do look up our recommendations and links!