Article by Dr Etti Barsky -GP & Sports Physician:
Getting back into training after recovering from a COVID infection is not as clear cut as it is after other viral infections. For the past 30 years, we have relied on the “neck check” to decide when an athlete – elite or recreational – can return to sport after a respiratory infection. This rule would extend to anything from the common cold to a complicated pneumonia and is as follows:-
If your symptoms are confined to your head and neck, for example, a runny nose, sinus pain or a scratchy throat; AND you don’t have a fever or muscle aches, then you are most likely clear to train. These criteria however, do not apply in the COVID scenario. There are many reasons for this, but the two that are the most worrying are:
It is possible for someone with mild novel coronavirus symptoms to deteriorate on around day 7 .... For more read our 16 July 2021 edition.