When we think of a workout, we mostly tend to think about our bodies – building strength and endurance, becoming fitter and more flexible. But, our lungs can also benefit from working out and, right now, building your lung capacity could help you to become more resistant to Covid-19 or to fight the virus if you have it.
The global Covid-19 pandemic is a worrying time for all of us but particularly people living with lung conditions like asthma and COPD. If you are one of them, it is important to follow the latest government guidelines (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) and to do whatever you can to protect yourself from becoming infected with Coronavirus. The government lists people with severe long-term lung conditions, like severe asthma, severe COPD and cystic fibrosis, as being at particularly high risk.
If you have a chronic (long-term, ongoing) respiratory condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, the arrival of winter can herald an increase in symptoms, more trips to the doctor and a reduction in your quality of life. In the cold weather, people with respiratory diseases can experience shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and coughing.
Chronic respiratory diseases are diseases that affect the airways and structures of the lung. Chronic means a condition that is an ongoing and long-term, as opposed to acute conditions which often come on suddenly and can be severe. Chronic conditions sometimes begin in childhood and can take decades to become fully established. This means there are multiple opportunities to try and prevent them.
Respiratory screening is a way of testing how well your lungs are functioning and diagnosing conditions that can reduce lung function, such as asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and chronic bronchitis. It may also be used to check for occupation-related lung problems or to assess your lung function prior to major surgery.