Information to Support Your Covid Recovery

COVID-19 continues to pose a serious risk to public health. There is a lot of misinformation that undermines our collective fight against the virus, so it is important you get the facts from a trusted source to keep yourselves safe, protect the NHS and ultimately, save lives.

If you are concerned about your recovery please use the resources below or visit Your COVID Recovery | Supporting your recovery after COVID-19 if you are still concerned then contact your GP for advice.

Long Covid General Resources

While coronavirus symptoms tend to pass quickly for most, there are some who continue to experience long term effects for additional weeks or months beyond the initial illness – this is known as long Covid. Please know that you are not alone, according to Office for National Statistics estimates, 1.1 million people in the UK were reporting long Covid symptoms in the four weeks to 6 March 2021. Long Covid can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the illness was mild, or they had no symptoms. ‘Long Covid Support’ has compiled a useful guide on the help and support available for those suffering with long Covid.

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Breathlessness Management

Respitatory illnesses, such as COVID-19, can cause breathlessness both during and whilst recovering. How you think and feel about breathing is important, it can affect our daily activities as well as our health and wellbeing. There are multiple approaches that can be used to tackle breathlessness, the main one being breathing techiques. You can view the How to Cope With Being Short Of Breath – Positions leaflet which offers five different exercises used to control and settle your breathing. Alternatively, please view an insightful video on respiratory care that includes a walkthrough on positional advice.

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Voice and Swallowing

In in order to stop any food or fluid entering the lungs, our natural instinct is to hold our breath, however, Covid can make this difficult. If you find that COVID has affected your breathing, you may need to take action to help manage your coordination of breathing and swallowing. ‘Your Covid Recovery’ offers useful advice to ensure your breathlessness does not affect your eating or drinking whilst you are unwell. Please visit the Your Covid Recovery: Voice and Swallowing page for more information.

Cough Management

Whilst recovering from Covid you may still experience a dry cough for some time which, if left unmanaged, can cause irritation and inflammation. It can be very difficult to control your cough, but for your airways to stay clear it is important that you keep practising. Please view the Your Covid Recovery: Cough page for a helpful guide on breathing exercises.

Appetite, taste, and smell

If you are struggling to eat enough, or if you are losing weight or strength in your muscles, you may need to think differently about the foods you are eating. This leaflet provides important tips to help you get the most out of the foods you eat while you are unwell and may help you to regain some of the weight or strength you have lost. The malnutrition pathway website has produced a useful guide to follow. View the Improving Your Nutrition During and After COVID-19 Illness guide for more information.

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Fatigue and Pacing

Have you been feeling tired and exhausted despite getting plenty of sleep and rest? It is normal to feel tired from time to time but if this has been happening for an extended period, it is more than likely that you are suffering from post-viral fatigue. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists offer useful advice and activities on how to increase energy levels and gradually stabilise your body. For information on how to manage post-viral fatigue after Covid-19, please view the How to manage post-viral fatigue after COVID-19 page.

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Mobility and Function

It is common to experience physical problems whilst recovering from Covid-19, this could include muscle weakness and joint stiffness, fatigue, as well as reduced mobility. If you feel that you are struggling to remain as active as you once were, please see CPS’ Covid-19: The road to Recovery leaflet that provides six easy to follow exercises to help rebuild your muscle strength.

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Cognition

Many people who have recovered from COVID-19 have reported feeling not like themselves: experiencing short-term memory loss, confusion, or an inability to concentrate. Problems with attention and concentration can make it hard to focus and ignore distractions day-today, therefore it is important that we manage these difficulties. Please visit the Your Covid Recovery: Memory and Concentration page to see useful advice on Pacing, Planning and Prioritising your daily activities.

Psychology and Mental Health

Fear, worry, and stress are natural reactions to potential or actual threats especially during times when we are faced with uncertainty and the unknown. As a result, people’s anxiety in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is normal and understandable. Many of us are struggling with how the virus is affecting ourselves and our loved ones, but please remember that you are not alone. The Mental Health Foundation website offers multiple resources on the How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak page to help us stay informed on what we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such difficult times.

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Continence

Urinary incontinence is a common problem affecting around 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men, therefore it is not something that anyone should ‘just live with’. Continence is a sensitive subject that can make people feel embarrassed, but it is a treatable medical condition and there is always help available. BCHC provide a service delivered by specialist continence nurses, who deliver bladder and bowel clinics in community settings. Do not suffer in silence, for more information please visit the Bladder and Bowel Service (Continence) page, or alternatively please email bchnt.continencereferrals@nhs.net.

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Council Information

Please see links below for further advice and information from your local council and their key partners, as well as the latest official Government information relevant to local government.