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What Is COVID-19?

A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses aren’t dangerous.

COVID-19 is a disease that can cause what doctors call a respiratory tract infection. It can affect your upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, and throat) or lower respiratory tract (windpipe and lungs). It’s caused by a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2.

It spreads the same way other coronaviruses do, mainly through person-to-person contact. Infections range from mild to serious.

SARS-CoV-2 is one of seven types of coronavirus, including the ones that cause severe diseases like Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The other coronaviruses cause most of the colds that affect us during the year but aren’t a serious threat for otherwise healthy people.

The virus can lead to pneumonia, respiratory failure, septic shock, and death. Many COVID-19 complications may be caused by a condition known as cytokine release syndrome or a cytokine storm. This is when an infection triggers your immune system to flood your bloodstream with inflammatory proteins called cytokines. They can kill tissue and damage your organs.

 

Physiotherapy has been shown to be important in the treatment of the lungs during the infection, if the patient has productive cough and cannot get rid of the phlegm.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is also necessary once COVID-19 patients have recovered enough to be discharged from hospital. COVID-19 can cause long term lung function issues that require graduated diaphragmatic exercises and endurance training combined with targeted fascial releases and physiotherapy guided progression.

 

Dr Ness Inc. therapists have a special interest and specialised training in managing pulmonary rehabilitation programs, call the reception for more an assessment.

Prerequisite: Please bring your COVID-19 negative certificate to the assessment