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Breathlessness support

How long your recovery takes depends on many factors – it could take weeks or months. Long COVID isn’t the same for everyone, so you may need different care and support to other people who have had it.

Here we explain how you can help your breathing after having coronavirus, as well as how to manage a cough.

 If you have a pre-existing heart or lung condition, speak to your health care professional, so that you’re sure you’re getting the right treatment for your symptoms.

In this section:

  1. Read: Managing lung problems
    1. I need to clear mucus from my lungs
    2. I’m breathless
    3. I’m struggling with oxygen therapy
    4. I can’t eat or drink easily
  2. Read: Managing a cough
    1. ​If you have a dry cough
    2. If you have a cough with phlegm
    3. Should I stop smoking?
  3. Watch: Managing breathlessness
    1. Introduction to breathlessness
    2. Breathing control
    3. Techniques for managing breathlessness
    4. Breathing techniques for moving or lifting

Next: Managing lung problems


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We’ve developed this information with funding from Garfield Weston Foundation. The Foundation had no influence on the information, which was developed in line with our usual BLF information production process.

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