The pandemic of 2020 brought with it many cases of Covid-19. Some cases seemed to be worse than others and many lost their lives as a result.
In the years following, people have become more health conscious and cases seem to have decreased overall. But perhaps one statistic we didn’t prepare for was the amount of people experiencing recurring sickness following Covid-19.
It would be hard to jump to the conclusion that Covid is causing the reemergence of infectious diseases and other viral infections. However, evidence is building on the negative impact Covid may have on a healthy individual’s immune system even several weeks after symptoms have subsided. (1)
When you catch a virus, there are three possible outcomes:
1) Your immune system effectively fights off the infection and you recover.
2) Your immune system pushes the virus back into a state of dormancy in the body, but you recover.
3) Your immune system fights the infection, but despite its efforts, the virus remains at low levels in the body as a “chronic” ailment.
We all want the first scenario, which is to clear and get rid of the virus. While most of us do recover (2), some emerging evidence shows that changes to our immune systems caused by COVID can affect how we respond to and fight off other pathogens.
An Australian study (3) found that Covid can affect immune response up to 24 weeks.
Another study (4) found fewer immune cells that act as the first line of defense following recovery from Covid. Any cells that did remain were ill equipped to activate white blood cells to best fight off infection.
More work needs to be done to determine how these changes to cells and immune response will impact the body’s ability to ward off illness. We still don’t know longer term impacts and whether these changes will worsen or cause chronic illness. How long will these conditions last?
Long Covid, for example, includes a wide range of new, returning and ongoing health issues experienced after being infected with Covid-19 (5). Because many people infected with Covid recover within a few days to a few weeks after initial onset, long Covid is classified as symptoms starting at least four weeks after infection. Because symptoms of long Covid can vary by case, it can be hard to identify. Symptoms may last weeks, months, or even years after initial infection. Common symptoms include fatigue, fever, respiratory issues, dizziness, sleep problems, depression, anxiety, digestive issues, joint and muscle pain, changes to menstrual cycle, and more. Because of this wide range of symptoms, it can be difficult to obtain a clear diagnosis.
What we do know is that having and maintaining a healthy immune system is critical to being better equipped to fight off illness when it does strike. This is precisely why we developed Revive+. Revive+ is a powerful blend of plant nutrients designed to support a healthy and balanced immune system. Benefits include natural resilience to pathogens while working to decrease the inflammatory response to healthy tissue. Its impressive lineup of powerhouse ingredients includes Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc, quercetin, milk thistle, echinacea, bromelain, and chlorella. Revive+ can make a terrific addition to a diet rich in nutrient dense whole foods and regular exercise for a strong immune system.