Dear Doctors: I’m a healthy 61-year-old woman, still tired and a bit sick after five days with a moderate bout of COVID. I want to exercise again when I’m symptom-free. Would a 20-minute walk a few times a week, and a few gentle sessions of more vigorous exercise, be a good way to start?

Dear Reader: We’re getting versions of your question from quite a few readers these days. And no wonder. In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated at least 60% of adults and 75% of children in the U.S. had been infected with the coronavirus. These numbers are driven, in large part, by the emergence of a series of highly contagious variants. This includes omicron, as well as its many subvariants.

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Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

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