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 do these symptoms have to do with my diet?

  •  What you eat (including the texture, quantity, spices, etc.) may aggravate breathing difficulties.
  • Gulping air can happen whilst eating, resulting in 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 or sore mouth
  • Taste changes
  • Moving and exercise
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have advice on breathlessness, pacing, motivation, exercises and other resources.

For more information, please see our underlying mechanisms of the symptoms and what we may learn from related conditions page.

Contact us

This knowledge hub is constantly being reviewed and updated. We welcome your comments or feedback about it.

Please contact abigail.troncohernandez@plymouth.ac.uk and we will get back to you promptly.