Doctor Says If You’ve Had COVID, Shoveling Snow Could Be Risky
Lingering pulmonary issues could make over-exertion dangerous for those who have had COVID- even if they have recovered.
This might be just the excuse you're looking for. It's also deadly serious. Each year, about 100 people die shoveling snow and 11,500 more are injured . Coronavirus adds another layer of concern.
It's been about a year, but we're still learning about COVID-19. It seems to affect different people in different ways, with multiple symptoms and/or severity. The length of time it lingers seems to be a question mark. Health care professionals warn that there may be more long-lasting effects than we had thought.
It [Coronavirus] just doesn't play by the rules, so to speak.
-Dr. Justin Trivax, Beaumont Health
The Fox 2 News report below talks about "long-haulers:" those still experiencing symptoms months after being diagnosed with COVID. They are at a high risk for heart issues when over-exerting themselves. Dr. Trivax says shoveling snow is "essentially, the ultimate stress test."
Symptoms to Watch for:
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath
- Accelerated heart rate
As Coronavirus ravages the body, its after-effects can include prolonged cardiovascular symptoms, which, if exacerbated, could lead to irregular heartbeat, heart failure, or even cardiac arrest- a heart attack. Here are tips to staying safe and preventing injuries while digging out.
Snow Shoveling Tips:
- Wear warm clothing
- Take breaks often
- Push the snow, instead of lifting
- Break it up into several smaller jobs throughout the day, instead of one marathon session
- Use a snow or leaf blower instead if you can
- Seek help immediately if you experience shortness of breath or chest pains
Be safe and stay warm!
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