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Adjuncts to treatments for long COVID

02 July 2022
Volume 27 · Issue 7

COVID–19 spread rapidly around the world and in its wake, has left many people still struggling with symptoms such as breathlessness and fatigue, which may be physical or mental effects, or a combination of both. Needless to say, the post–COVID era will involve many research approaches that will focus on finding the most effective methods in rehabilitating members of the population back to good health. In their study, Cheng et al (2021) considered what an effective rehabilitation programme would look like. Although they acknowledged other protocols being established, they recommended a comprehensive programme that encompasses a promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been ignored by much of the guidance. They gathered together specialists for an expert panel review over an online meeting, including members of the Taiwan Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The expert panel sought to agree upon recommendations for rehab protocols for the five stages of the virus. These were written in relation to the following groups:

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