Breathlessness and Cough - Overview

What is Breathlessness?

Breathlessness is a very common symptom in people with Long-COVID. Your lungs can become inflamed with your initial infection and the effort of breathing can increase.

You may be breathing more quickly and shallower than normal, however, it is important to try and stay calm.

As your lungs recover and time passes into the 12 week mark following infection, there can be other reasons for your breathlessness to continue. These can be due to being deconditioned and anxiety.

Anxiety can also increase your heart rate and make your breathing rate increase further. We encourage breathing control to help manage your breathlessness. Practice at rest to begin with then use during activity.

What is Cough?

You may be experiencing a persistent dry cough. Coughing is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 and Long-COVID, and whilst it is typically in the form of a dry cough, coughs with phlegm can also be caused.

Coughs can be irritating, exhausting and can lead to inflammation in your upper airways. The more you cough, the more irritated your upper airways become, and the more you feel the need to cough.



Use the below menus to see content developed by the Leeds Partnership NHS Trusts or to visit the British Lung Foundation website for videos and resources on these symptoms…

External British Lung Foundation Resources