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Easily Tired & Short Of Breath Post-Covid? Doctor Shares ‘Deep Breathing’ Technique

Anyone can benefit from deep breathing techniques, but they play an especially important role in the Covid-19 recovery process.

Fernando Fong

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Are you one of those who are easily tired and often short of breath after being infected with Covid-19?

According to Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medical Officer, Dr Hadi Othman, these are the effects of the Covid-19 virus.

Former Covid-19 patients may experience post-Covid or Long Covid syndrome, in which symptoms persist for a period of more than 12 weeks.

According to a clinical study by the Ministry of Health (KKM), 66% of patients suffer from the post-Covid syndrome, and among the most common symptoms are:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Cough
  3. Breathing difficulties
  4. Difficulty sleeping at night/restlessness

Overcoming Post-Covid Tiredness, Shortness Of Breath And Sneezing

According to Dr Hadi, post-Covid fatigue and frequent shortness of breath can be mitigated by practising proper breathing techniques or Deep Breathing Exercises.

Dr Hadi demonstrated the breathing techniques in a TikTok video which has since gone viral.

@dr.hadiothman Sering Semput dan Letih lepas dijangkiti Covid??? #belajarbersama #tiktokguru #DoktorBius #icucovid #deepbreathing ♬ Primadonna – TikTokTunes & Sped Up

Deep breathing exercises can lessen feelings of anxiety and stress, which are common for someone who experienced severe symptoms or was admitted to a hospital.

Sleep quality may also improve with these breathing exercises.

The exercises can be started at home during self-isolation and easily incorporated into your daily routine.

Other Post-Covid Syndrome Effects

There are many symptoms you can experience after a Covid-19 infection.

A long covid is a condition in which a person feels the following symptoms 4 weeks and beyond after being positive for Covid-19.

According to Dr Erna Nadia, among the symptoms are:

  1. Fatigue/tiredness
  2. Cough
  3. Headache
  4. Brain fog or difficulty concentrating
  5. Shortness of breath
  6. Need more effort to exercise
  7. Chest pain
  8. Fast/pounding heartbeats
  9. Joint pain
  10. Stomach ache
  11. Diarrhoea
  12. Easy fever
  13. Easy to grow rashes/hives
  14. Mood changes
  15. Loss of sense of smell/taste
  16. Changes in the menstrual cycle
  17. It’s easy to feel sick
Post-Covid syndromes. (Source: Bernama)

If you experience severe and prolonged symptoms after the Covid-19 infection, it is advisable to go to a nearby clinic or hospital for treatment.

Therefore, despite the nation entering into an endemic period starting 1 April, we must continue to maintain the standard operation procedure (SOPs) at all times.

READ MORE: Malaysia Enters Endemic Phase Starting 1 April, Eateries Open 24 Hours Again!


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