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Your COVID recovery

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

The NHS has a dedicated website called Your COVID Recovery which helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

Information for family, friends and carers

Supporting your family member, relative or friend following their COVID illness can be challenging. You may be providing emotional and physical help in addition to all your other responsibilities.

This can be a very stressful time for you both and we hope the information within the website will give you reassurance and support during their recovery.

How to use a pulse oximeter

If you have been asked to keep a diary by your doctor to go with a pulse oximeter because you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can read all about it here.

It explains why it will help you and your doctor monitor and manage your health better.

A pulse oximeter is a small device which helps you to monitor how fast your heart is beating and the level of oxygen in your blood. It fits on to your finger.

Blood oxygen level is the most accurate way of keeping an eye on your progress with COVID-19.

An ideal oxygen level is between 95% and 99%. An ideal heart rate is between 50 and 90 beats per minute (bpm).

The oxygen level may be lower in some people with lung conditions, even when they are well. If you have an existing lung condition, your doctor will let you know what the levels mean for you.

Find out more about using the oximeter and recording your readings.