If you have not been in intensive care

Get support with breathing difficulties after COVID‑19 if you were not in intensive care when you were ill with the virus.

You have not been in intensive care if you:

  • Were in hospital but not in an intensive care unit (ICU), critical care unit (CCU), or intensive therapy unit (ITU)
  • Were in hospital but did not need a ventilator (tube that is put into your airways to help you breathe)
  • Stayed at home when you were ill

What to do

Speak to your GP or nurse

  • Tell your GP or nurse about your breathing difficulties after COVID-19
  • They will listen to what is happening and do some checks to understand what is causing your breathing difficulties
  • Once they know what is happening they will be able to help, according to the condition diagnosed

Tip: Make notes of your symptoms and take them with you when you speak to your GP or nurse

More information

Breathlessness and how to manage breathlessness from British Lung Foundation
Anxiety, fear and panic from NHS
Low mood, sadness and depression from NHS
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from NHS
Support for recovering from COVID-19 from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Speak to us

Our team of respiratory specialists are here to support you with post-COVID breathlessness.

9am – 5pm
Monday to Friday

WhatsApp us

You can also chat to our respiratory specialists on WhatsApp about post-COVID breathlessness.

9am – 5pm
Monday to Friday

Last medically reviewed: 28/04/20.
COVID-19 is a new health condition, and more information is coming out all the time.  We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.

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