About Long COVID
In this section, we explain what Long COVID is, the common symptoms, when to get help, treatment and support, and when you might feel back to normal.
Find out the care you can expect from the NHS when recovering from Long COVID, whether you were treated in hospital or have been managing your symptoms at home.
On this page we have information for helping you to manage breathlessness if you have Long COVID.
If you have Long COVID, you may have a cough that hasn’t gone away yet. On this page, we have support for managing a cough.
Some people feel tired all the time after having coronavirus. On this page we have information about managing your energy and support for getting you moving more.
Breathlessness support videos
The video on this page will give you an introduction to how breathlessness might make you feel.
The video on this page will teach you breathing control exercises to help when you’re short of breath or feeling anxious.
In this video, we provide a number of breathing techniques to help you if you become breathless, including the rectangle breathing technique.
In this video, we provide breathing techniques for when you’re moving or lifting heavy items. Watch the video and create a plan for using these breathing techniques.
Movement support videos
In this course of videos, we help people with Long COVID to keep moving and get more active.
Watch the introduction to our series of five videos on movement. It’s important that you watch this video first.
Try to warm up for 5-10 minutes. The aim is to gently move your joints and gradually raise your heart rate to increase the blood flow to your heart, lungs, and muscles.
In this video, we will guide you through some exercises to help strengthen your lower body. This involves using your ankles and your legs.
In this video, we will guide you through some exercises to help strengthen your upper body. This involves using your hands, arms, and shoulders.
To finish your exercise session safely, cool down, so your heart rate can gradually return to normal.
Recording your activity can help you to notice what activities make your symptoms worse. For example, you might notice that every day you’ve worked and tried to do another activity, you’ve been feeling unwell.
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