Caring for patients with post–COVID-19 conditions

Return to exercise and activity

Return to exercise and activity

A common question GPs encounter is ‘when should a patient return to exercise and activity following COVID-19 infection?’ As with all illness and injury this will depend on the individual and their initial and ongoing symptoms.  

It is important to pace return to exercise and activity. Within the constraints of their symptoms (and under supervision where the patient is deemed to have moderate or high-risk factors) patients should start by setting small goals and working their way up. 

Box 3 outlines management of common symptoms experienced post–COVID-19 illness. Addressing these will guide appropriate return to exercise and activity. Your patient could benefit from allied health input to support their return to exercise and activity. 

Patients should be educated to cease exercise/activity and seek medical assistance if they experience any red flag symptoms.

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