Here's how to help get back your sense of smell and normal breathing
Whether someone has experienced a severe or mild COVID-19 case, doctors are seeing a common thread: some patients are still experiencing symptoms like loss of smell and shortness of breath even after they recover. These patients are referred to as "COVID Long-Haulers." If this is you or someone you know, here are some tips to help improve three common long-term side effects.
One study found that over 50% of COVID-19 patients have fatigue more than two months after getting sick. This means sleep isn't restorative for them, and they get tired after simple physical or mental exertion (like scrolling social media). So find the right balance of rest, routine and exercise. Rest your body and mind by finding a few moments each day to turn off electronics — no TV, phone or wifi. And be sure to get a little activity in during the day. Whether you take a short walk or toss the ball for your dog outside, it will help you sleep better at night. Then, make a set sleeping schedule and stick to it for two weeks, which is about how long it will take your body to adjust to it.