The coronavirus has revealed that specific groups of people are susceptible to serious symptoms from COVID-19. For example, the elderly and people with particular conditions and diseases such as severe heart conditions and chronic lung disease.
Still are people addicted to drugs or alcohol more likely to have severe symptoms from COVID-19. The quick answer is they may. Continue reading below to learn more.
Covid Symptoms in Addicted People
When someone is addicted to a substance or alcohol, the body is attacked in many ways. For example, the immune system is made weak, and internal organs are destroyed. Besides, long-term and repeated alcohol misuse lead to heart damage that can cause an irregular heartbeat, drooping and stretching of the heart muscle, high blood pressure, and strokes.
When a person misuses drugs, it can rapidly cause the body to deteriorate. For example, prolonged use of methamphetamines causes liver, lung, and kidney damage. Besides, it leads to damage to blood vessels in the heart, malnutrition, tooth decay, and when smoked respiratory problems and abscesses if it is injected.
Health organizations have all determined that persons addicted to alcohol or drugs are vulnerable to severe symptoms from COVID-19.
How Long Does It Take to Develop Covid Symptoms
Being sick is never fun. Still, right now, every sniffle and cough makes us think we have gotten infected with COVID-19. It’s easy to panic.
What are the symptoms that should be alarming?
Exposure to COVID-19 doesn’t mean you will have symptoms immediately. The CDC says that symptoms begin to appear 2-14 days following exposure to anyone with the virus. People with a COVID positive diagnosis report a wide range of symptoms. If you have any of the symptoms, it’s critical to get tested:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Fever or chills
- Body or muscle pain
- The recent loss of smell or taste
- Throat pain
- Runny nose or congestion
- Nausea or vomiting
There are other possible symptoms other than those listed above, so after exposure to COVID, it is best to get a test done even if you have no symptoms at all.
Treatment for Recovering Addicts During COVID-19
What experts are hearing is that those misusing or recovering from substance or alcohol abuse are not only more vulnerable to COVID-19 but are likely to experience severe symptoms if infected. What’s more, it can be difficult for them to get the medications and treatments necessary for their addiction recovery.
At the start of the pandemic, restrictions made it challenging to get into treatment programs. This situation led the federal government to make changes that allow people to get into treatment virtually.
Serious Symptoms in Vulnerable People
Vulnerable people include those in recovery or misusing substances or alcohol, which, if they get COVID-19 have more serious symptoms. If you or a loved one are ready to get sober, we can help, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting your journey to recovery is simple; contact us today.