Rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19

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Expert Rev Respir Med. 2020 Aug 15. doi: 10.1080/17476348.2020.1811687. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: In 2020, due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a pandemic. As of August 11, 2020, the cumulative number of confirmed cases worldwide had reached 19 million, with 700,000 reported deaths, indicating this pandemic's significant global impact.

AREAS COVERED: We reviewed the application of rehabilitation therapy in the clinical treatment of COVID-19 patients. A systematic search was performed using PubMed, Springer, CNKI, and Wanfang Data of database up to August 1, 2020. The search terms included the English terms and their Chinese equivalents: "COVID-19," "ARDS," "rehabilitation," "critically ill patients," "physiotherapy," "respiratory rehabilitation," "traditional Chinese medicine," and "psychotherapy."

EXPERT OPINION: Rehabilitation research concerning patients with COVID-19 remains ongoing. Rehabilitation guidance for such patients with COVID-19 is based on previous experience. However, as different patients have differing degrees of dysfunction, personalized plans need to be designed according to the patients' age, sex, lifestyle, hobbies, occupation, and physical conditions. The rapid development of remote devices that can monitor patients' real-time physical conditions post-discharge may encourage better adherence to rehabilitation training.

PMID:32799694 | DOI:10.1080/17476348.2020.1811687

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