In Northeast Pennsylvania, thousands of people are recuperating from COVID-19.
Others will be added to this list in the months ahead.
Many are experiencing physical and emotional effects that can be improved with interventions from rehabilitation experts. This is an emerging specialty in post-acute care and one that is becoming necessary to help citizens recover from the lasting effects of coronavirus.
Across the globe, millions of people have been infected and affected by the COVID-19 virus. Some have had mild illnesses; others have had more significant courses with long-lasting residual problems.
These lingering difficulties extend beyond just respiratory trouble. Many patients suffer fatigue, endurance issues, muscle weakness, reduced joint mobility, gait imbalance, muscle and nerve pain, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and limitations with activities of daily living. All of us know someone in this situation.
Those individuals who required intensive care hospitalizations are more likely to suffer these untoward side effects.