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Frontline doctor explains long-lasting impact on survivors of Covid-19
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Manchester Evening News
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
For people rendered critically ill by coronavirus, the road to recovery will be long and difficult. Doctors are already weighing up the aftermath of COVID-19, and how the NHS and social care can help survivors fully rehabilitate. Even though the UK is more than three months into the health crisis, experts can’t confidently say what the long-lasting impact of Covid will be for some survivors. Like other people who have been critically ill in intensive care, recovery from the physical and psychological trauma of the virus will be another battle for some patients.
Dougal Atkinson is a consultant in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. For the last three months Dr Atkinson has been working on the frontline of the pandemic caring for Covid patients in the MRI's intensive care unit (ICU). Dr Atkinson says it can take months for anyone who has been critically ill to recover from the physical and mental strains put on the body while in intensive care.
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