How to Improve These 3 Lingering Symptoms of COVID-19

Here's how to help get back your sense of smell and normal breathing

A woman holds her head with her hand.

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.

Fatigue

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.

Are We at the End of the Pandemic? The CDC Director Weighs In

Dr. Oz talks to Dr. Rochelle Walensky about what the future of the pandemic looks like.

With COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise and outdoor masks coming off, Dr. Oz talks to Dr. Rochelle Walensky about what the future of the pandemic looks like.