Patients and healthcare professionals are being offered help through an online hub looking at the long-term breathing problems those recovering from the virus face.
An online hub has been launched by a health charity to help support people left with long term health problems after suffering from Covid-19.
The online resource is aimed at patients, as well as medical researchers and other healthcare professionals.
Early studies are showing that some of those affected are left with chronic respiratory symptoms.
Content has been created with support from healthcare bodies including the British Thoracic Society and Primary Care Respiratory Society.
It includes guidance as well as emerging evidence around breathing problems among patients.
Currently access to “comprehensive tailored rehabilitation services at home” is seen as vital to recovery, according to the health charity.
“There are worrying signs that COVID may impact lung health longer term,” said Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Chief Executive Kay Boycott.
Access to support
“We support thousands of people with breathing difficulties and understand the toll it takes on daily life. At a time when the NHS is under immense pressure, we want to ensure anyone whose respiratory health is affected post-COVID can get the support they need.”
Professor Jon Bennett, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the British Thoracic Society, explained the importance of the online hub’s launch.
He said: “We support the launch of the Post-COVID HUB, which will be critical in assessing what care people need post-COVID. Many people are suffering an acute severe lung injury with some ending up in intensive care, and we know that this can have an impact on people long term.”