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Combat Breathlessness Post COVID-19

Shortness of breath is a common lingering side effect of contracting Covid-19.

If you’re struggling with this side effect, here are some tips to try help your recovery:

– Start back up with low intensity exercise and gradually build up your tolerance.

– Avoiding the tasks that make you breathless will only make your breathlessness worse. Instead, pace yourself and find more comfortable positions to complete your tasks.

– Breathing control – when you start feeling short of breath, give yourself a break and try to slow your breathing down. Use the graph below as guidance to control your breathing.

  • Positioning when feeling out of breath: lean forward and support your arms. You can do this by resting your arms on either your lap or a table in front of you.


  • Cease exercise immediately if you start to get abnormally fatigued, breathless, dizzy or get chest pains and seek medical attention/advice.

If you want more guidance on returning to exercise, come see one of our physiotherapists for a baseline endurance assessment and a graded exercise program!

Rozelle Physiotherapy