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.

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.

5 Things to Say (& Not to Say) If You See Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Talking to them about it may be uncomfortable, but it's important not to put it off.

Tackling the issue of dementia when it affects someone near and dear is very difficult, and it is hard to know how to discuss the subject with your affected loved one. However, it is important not to put it off. Just try to make sure it is a gentle encounter — for both of you.

Here are the experts' recommendations on having the first talk.

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