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.
Shortness of Breath
Just like how your muscles need time to recover after an injury, your lungs need time to get their strength back after fighting COVID-19. Doing some pulmonary exercises can help build back your lung capacity. Let's start with diaphragmatic breathing. Sit upright on the edge of your bed or in a chair. Place your hands around the sides of your stomach. Close your lips and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Breathe in through your nose and pull air down into your stomach where your hands are. Try to spread your fingers apart as your breath in and your stomach area expands. Slowly exhale through your nose. Repeat these deep breaths for one minute.