Coronavirus Recovery: Breathing Exercises

Authors: Peiting Lien, DPT, PT

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 attacks the lungs and respiratory system, sometimes resulting in significant damage. COVID-19 often leads to pneumonia and even acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a severe lung injury. Recovering lung function is possible but can require therapy and exercises for months after the infection is treated.

“Working toward recovery starts simple: with a focus on breathing,” says Johns Hopkins physical therapist Peiting Lien. She offers a series of breathing exercises to aid in recovery for those who had COVID-19 or another serious illness.

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