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Anirudh Chirania

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COVID is a still a mysterious infection with wide range of symptoms. People affected by COVID often face prolonged complications such as brain stroke, sleep disturbances, confusion, cardio-pulmonary disturbances, stone formation in kidney, bladder infection, diarrhea, joint & muscle pain among others. To prevent these complications in patients, one should attend a COVID Rehab program. The program reduces the impairments and disabilities that arise out of COVID-19 infection.

The program includes a team of specialists who come together to maximize the independence and quality of life among patients post COVID. The other important role of the rehab program is to treat the pre-existing premorbidity.

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What happens during a rehab program?

The main physician assesses the patient on a daily basis to chart health goals. The goals are further supported by the involvement of nurses, dietician, psychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, pulmonary specialist and other health staff. Here’s what each healthcare specialist focuses on:

The practice of incentive spirometer, meditation, and exercise bike boosts the fitness post COVID. Also, get habituated to walking.

  • Nurse:


    1. These are the backbone of the healthcare industry. They strive to keep the patient fit. Also, they look after the proper bed positioning to reduce bed sores. They work towards giving appropriate medications and prevent deformities in joints.

    1. Dietician: The intake of food becomes difficult post COVID. There’s a lot of electrolyte-nutrition imbalance, reduced immunity, loss of muscle and body weight after prolonged bed rest. A dietician considers these different parameters and prepares a diet chart for the patient to follow during the rehabilitation.

    1. Physiotherapist: The physiotherapist assesses the patient on certain scales and helps the patient to walk the path from disability to ability. They chart the exercise program according to the patient’s health goals. Accordingly, the patient is made to do regular practice. The parameters such as bp, pulse and vitals are regularly monitored too.

    1. Pulmonologist: A respiratory expert works to clear the airways on the chest, improve oxygen in the blood, clear secretions and improve endurance. A patient is also looked after to improve lung compliance.

    1. Occupational therapist: These therapists work on a day-to-day basis with patients to see that they attain independence to do their tasks on their own.

    1. Speech and swallow therapist: COVID may cause impairment in speech. Speech therapist works with patient to improve communication and their food-swallow ability.

  1. Psychologist: Patients tend to face cognitive issues such as delusion and loss of memory post COVID. A psychologist treats these conditions to help the patient participate well in the rehabilitation program.

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The rehab program includes assessment, and health goal setting as the main objectives. While the initial focus is on endurance building, nutritional value, psychological strength and joint movement, the program goes on to focus on strength training.

How long should a patient go through the rehab program?

The duration of rehab program is not fixed. But it should be at least continued until the patient is able to perform the daily chores with minimal support. Even after the patient is discharged, the focus should be on good diet, exercise and breathing exercises.

COVID has taught us that good health is not our right, but our duty. Regular workout and nutrition should be kept on high priority to bounce back, fitter & better!