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Program helps rehabilitation of patients with Covid-19 sequelae

Service offered by PUCRS’ Rehabilitation Center and Sports Park for cured patients

14/09/2020 - 14h28

Motor, pulmonary and nutritional problems are some of the main sequelae presented by in patients who recovered from the novel coronavirus. On that line, the Rehabilitation Center and Sports Park of PUCRS has put together the Post-Covid-19 Rehabilitation Program, offering individual appointments. The multidisciplinary team is comprised of physicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists and physical educators.

Participants interested in joining the program must observe the 14-day period after testing negative for Covid-19. For patients who test positive, a 30-day period must be observed. Dr. Pedro Henrique Deon, Professor of the School of Health and Life Sciences’ Physiotherapy program of PUCRS claims that the program’s main objective is to regain functional independence and quality of life to those who recovered from coronavirus. This can be achieved through multidisciplinary care, with an individualized look and continuous monitoring.

The cure will not solve the problem

A survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that even months after being cured of Covid-19, 87% patients showed one or more symptoms of the disease, such as tiredness and breathing problems. Among the 143 people who participated in the study, only 12.6% had been admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

In addition to the lungs, an organ that is considered the “ground zero” for the virus, other organs can also be affected, such as the heart, kidneys, intestines, vascular system and even the brain.