Small breathing device could improve respiratory health and fitness levels of people with long COVID

New research presented at The Physiological Society’s Long COVID: Mechanisms, Risk Factors, and Recovery on 22 – 23 February shows that a small handheld breathing device helped reduced breathlessness and improved physical fitness of people with long COVID. The low cost, home-based rehabilitation programme increased the strength of respiratory muscles speeding up the rate of recovery from COVID-19.

Approximately, one in ten people recovering from COVID-19 experience long COVID (reports on this figure still vary), which negatively impacts quality of life. Many people with long COVID feel breathless, tired and can have difficulties performing basic tasks of daily living.