1. What services do you offer for people who have had Coronavirus?
1. Breathing pattern re-education
Suitable for those who:
– Have had viral symptoms but feel their breathing hasn’t returned to ‘normal’
– Are feeling as though they can’t get an adequate or satisfying breath
– Are feeling panicked or anxious about their breathing as a result of the above points
– Think they might be having episodes or periods of hyperventilation
2. Respiratory rehabilitation
Suitable for those who:
– Have had a period of illness, either in hospital or at home, which means they need help with the following:
- Reducing their shortness of breath doing various activities
- Improving the strength of their breathing muscles
- Weaning from oxygen or a mode of ventilation
- Getting stronger so they can move around independently
- Keeping their chest clear of secretions
Have an underlying respiratory condition and would like help with
- Keeping their chest clear of secretions to reduce their risk of infection
- Staying active at home to improve their fitness and function
- Thinking about lifestyle advice to ensure they are doing everything to optimise their condition and stay healthy in light of coronavirus
3. Airway clearance
– Suitable for those who:
- Have an underlying condition which means they are susceptible to chest infections and/or produce a lot of secretions (phlegm)
- Would like help managing the volume of secretions on their chest to reduce their infection risk and improve any shortness of breath
- Are coughing throughout the day to clear their chest and do not have an airway clearance regime in place
- Would like a review of their airway clearance regime in light of coronavirus
Any home visits will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. All health and safety procedures in line with the governmental and professional advice regarding covid19 will be followed at all times. Please contact us to discuss this in more detail.
2. Tips for patients with underlying conditions
We know the coronavirus affects the respiratory system, and as respiratory physiotherapists, our job involves helping people with breathing problems.
Coronavirus will affect different people in different ways. Generally, we are hearing that the main symptoms are a new dry continuous cough, a fever, loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath.
If you usually have problems with your breathing, have an underlying respiratory condition, or are prone to chest infections, you should make sure that you are doing all you can to stay healthy and keep your chest clear of secretions. Having phlegm on your chest not only makes it harder for you to breathe, but because bacteria love the dark, moist environment of phlegm inside the airway, it also poses a big risk in terms of getting a chest infection or pneumonia.
Some points to consider:
- performing airway clearance exercises daily to keep your chest clear of secretions;
- if you only usually perform your airway clearance exercises when you are unwell, we recommend performing them daily to ward off any infection whilst the Coronavirus continues to be a threat.
- staying as active as you can within the home to make sure you don’t get unfit;
- continuing to take your medications as prescribed by your doctor;
- ensuring you are staying hydrated, most health authorities recommend 2 litres of water daily. This does not include fizzy drinks, caffeinated drinks (tea/coffee) or alcohol.