Covid-19 aftercareIt’s no secret by now that Covid-19 is a virus that affects your lungs and respiratory system. With more than a year of learning about Covid-19 from the news, our doctors, and social media, many people think that they know all about it and feel prepared in case they become ill. What many people don’t know, however, are the details and symptoms to be aware of after you recover from Covid-19, and how to receive Covid aftercare. 

Pulmonary Associates of Richmond wants to share some information about post-Covid care needs and the importance of follow-up care for your long term lung health. 

What symptoms should you look for?

There are several common symptoms that can linger after you recover from Covid-19 infection. These are: 

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain

Some less common symptoms may include: 

  • Muscle pain or headache
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Memory, concentration or sleep problems
  • Rash or hair loss

What can you do to keep lung function?

Everyone recovers from the virus at their own pace. Doctors and researchers are still learning about the affects of Covid-19 on lung function, and will be learning for years to come. Some simple steps you can take to have optimal lung function after your illness include: 

  • Don’t rush your recovery  
  • Get adequate rest and follow your doctor’s guidance on when to return to a normal routine
  • Recommit to good health practices that keep your lungs functioning at their best
  • Eat healthy food
  • Avoid exposure to smoke and air pollution
  • Exercise to keep your lungs healthy
  • Schedule an appointment for follow up care with your pulmonologist

Pulmonary Associates of Richmond offers pulmonary function testing to assess your lung health and offer you the optimal treatment guidance for your lung issues. Pulmonary function testing is an optimal way for your provider to understand your lung health after Covid. If you have recovered, and are in need of aftercare, contact Pulmonary Associates of Richmond for an aftercare appointment. Our providers are experts in lung care, and will be with you every step of the way.