Q: I recently recovered from COVID-19, and I still suffer from fatigue and muscle aches. Is it OK for me to resume my daily moderate wine intake?—Seth, Bismarck, N.D.
A: Over the past year, scientists and patients have found that COVID-19 symptoms can persist long after the virus itself has resolved. Those symptoms can include (but are not limited to) fatigue, muscle aches, shortness of breath and loss of sense of smell. Although wine lovers may be quick to raise a glass in these tough times, experts suggest making sure symptoms are at bay before incorporating moderate alcohol consumption into daily life.
According to Dr. Anuj Mehta, a Denver-based pulmonologist at National Jewish Health and chair of Colorado's task force for the vaccine, moderate alcohol consumption following recovery from COVID-19 appears to be safe. But if you are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue and muscle aches, then you are still recovering, and alcohol consumption can worsen those symptoms.
"One of the key side effects of alcohol intake is fatigue, and if you are still experiencing fatigue or other side effects after COVID-19, you may want to abstain from alcohol intake until you are fully recovered," Dr. Mehta said. Consult your physician before resuming daily moderate wine intake after recovering from COVID-19.—Shawn Zylberberg