Symptoms and diagnosis
The symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include cough and breathlessness. If you’ve had severe Covid-19, you will probably have a follow-up chest X-ray and outpatient clinic review after you recover. This will allow your medical team to assess if there is damage to the lungs. Lung damage after Covid-19 may get better slowly, so it may take up to one year to know whether any damage will be permanent.
Researchers are still working to understand COVID-19 related pulmonary fibrosis and how to treat it. You will generally have regular follow-up appointments with your medical team to review your progress and treatment.
Worldwide, there are several studies looking at the long-term outlook for patients who have had COVID-19. It’s not yet clear whether COVID-19 related pulmonary fibrosis gets worse over time.
Other forms of pulmonary fibrosis
- Drug-induced pulmonary fibrosis
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Idiopathic Pulmonary fibrosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis-ILD
- Systemic sclerosis
Join a support group in your area
It’s important to remember that you are not alone. There are now over 75 pulmonary fibrosis support groups around the country.
Support groups meet informally to share experiences, provide expert information and raise funds and awareness. Find a group near you.
Call our support line
APF runs an email and telephone support line offering information and advice about living with PF. Find out more.
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Watch videos of how other people cope day to day with PF.