Recently, the journal Chronic Respiratory Disease, published a study claiming that exercising may improve the long lasting symptoms of Covid-19. These symptoms include the respiratory symptoms, fatigue and cognition issues.
This research was done by the investigators which hail from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Center. There is a collaboration between Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University.
Enya Daynes, a lead author on the study said, “We know that Covid-19 survivors present with a wide variety of symptoms and that a one-size-fits-all approach to managing these would not be appropriate.” Further, she stated that there are some overlap between the needs of Covid-19 survivors and patients who have accessed pulmonary rehabilitation or other conditions, such as COPD. So, we modified our well-established PR course for Covid-19 survivors and measured their symptoms to assess whether the program could be of potential benefit.
For this study, there was appointed a team of the researchers. Further, followed by the 30 patients who participated in a 6 week rehabilitation course. This research basically involved the exercise classes 2 times a week. In the program, participants did aerobic exercises, strength training and educational discussions.
The 87 percent of the participants were being hospitalised with a Covid-19 infection, with an average stay of 10 days. On the other hand, the left 14 percent went for the mechanical ventilation and were treated in an intensive care unit.
The study notably show that the participants had a demographic remarkable improvement in their capacity to exercise. In addition, there was an improvement in their overall wellbeing and cognition.
Sally Singh, a senior author on the study said stated that, “There has been concern that rehabilitation may worsen or trigger symptoms of post-viral fatigue and that exercise therapy may exacerbate fatigue. The exercise element of this program is progressed by staff experienced in delivering pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation programs in line with patient’s symptoms throughout the program.”