Understanding respiratory health symptoms during your COVID-19 recovery

Discover nutritional information and resources to help understand and improve respiratory health symptoms related to COVID-19

Respiratory symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Breathlessness
  • Gas trapping and early satiety
  • Dry mouth due to breathing through the mouth

What does it have to do with my nutrition and diet?

  • What you eat (including the texture, quantity, spices, etc.) may aggravate breathing difficulties.
  • Gulping air can happen whilst eating, hence making people feeling full quickly.


The Swansea Bay University Health Board has a Covid and Long Covid recovery – therapy information pack which provides ideas for:

  • shortness of breath (if you use inhalers or oxygen therapy speak to your health professional
  • leaflets for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • cough
  • dry/sore mouth
  • taste changes
  • moving and exercise.

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