1. Shortness of Breath
Even if you’ve recovered from the coronavirus, you may find you have trouble catching your breath. Some people describe it as feeling “winded,” “puffed,” or “breathless.” This is one of the most common long COVID symptoms, and it can occur even if you didn’t need treatment in the hospital while being infected.
Everyday activities can make you feel short of breath, for instance: climbing stairs, doing jobs around the house, getting dressed, and walking to the store. It can be scary, but it’s important to remember that feeling anxious will often make your breathlessness worse. So, the first thing you have to do when experiencing this symptom is to try to relax.
Breathing techniques can also help you reduce shortness of breath. Sit in a chair, making sure you’re in a relaxed position with your back well supported. Place one hand on your belly and take a slow, deep breath in through your nose. As you do that, allow your belly to rise up. As you breathe out, feel your belly relax.