I never used to get sick and on the rare occasion that I did, it lasted only a few days. Since COVID, I have found that I have gotten sick 2 or 3 times each year, with more severe symptoms than I have ever experienced in the past and that the symptoms last several weeks.
I believe that we have to pay closer attention to our health in these new times.
Here’s an article from Weston A Price Foundation with good advice on how to do just that. The article will be published in several parts.
Article from https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/healing-lungs-after-covid/#gsc.tab=0
December 5, 2022 by Betsy Thomason
Covid has left an indelible mark on life in the third decade of the twenty-first century. If you did not experience Covid symptoms yourself, you certainly know someone who did, and you may even know someone who died.
Among those hospitalized with Covid are folks who are experiencing serious aftereffects that affect all organ systems—what has been labeled “long Covid.” Dr. Ziyad Al-Aliy, director of the Clinical Epidemiology Center and research head at the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System, describes the breadth of organ system dysfunction in “long Covid” as “absolutely jarring.”
Where the lungs are concerned, “idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis” is the term doctors use to describe the Covid-related lung condition involving abnormal thickening and scarring of connective tissue (fibrosis). The eventual loss of lung elasticity can cause persistent cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing and fatigue. Whereas “idiopathic” means “of unknown origin,” there are many well-known causes of pulmonary fibrosis, including long-term occupational encounters with inhaled asbestos fibers (for example, in twentieth-century shipbuilding and maintenance); exposure to dust from substances such as coal (mining), silica (highway repair), hay and bird and animal droppings (farming); and air pollution.
The development of fibrous connective tissue can be a normal bodily response designed to repair injury or damage, but under some circumstances, the process goes awry. What is not known is why, in the case of pulmonary fibrosis, alveolar tissue healing veers in a pathological direction. Dr. Jaymin J. Kathiriya and colleagues offer an explanation in a study published in January 2022 in Nature Cell Biology. The lungs contain different kinds of epithelial (lining) cells, which all have specific functions. In the lung-healing process, this differentiation can become confused, resulting in cells proliferating where they do not belong and preventing normal function. More specifically, what these researchers report is that cells lining the bronchi (the air-passage tubes) replace the alveoli—the one-cell-thick tissue through which oxygen and carbon dioxide need to travel, into and out of the blood, respectively. Two different functions; two different structures. Thus, pulmonary fibrosis—which compromises the lungs’ ability to defuse oxygen and carbon dioxide.