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Hereʼs What Recovery From Covid-19 Looks Like for Many Survivors

Pam Belluck

The New York Times

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Hundreds of thousands of seriously ill coronavirus patients who survive and leave the hospital are facing a new and difficult challenge: recovery. Many are struggling to overcome a range of troubling residual symptoms, and some problems may persist for months, years or even the rest of their lives. Patients who are returning home after being hospitalized for severe respiratory failure from the virus are confronting physical, neurological, cognitive and emotional issues. And they must navigate their recovery process as the pandemic continues, with all of the stresses and stretched resources that it has brought. “It’s not just, ʻOh, I had a terrible time in hospital, but thank goodness I’m home and everything’s back to normal,’” said Dr. David Putrino, director of rehabilitation innovation at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. “It’s, ʻI just had a terrible time in hospital and guess what? The world is still burning. I need to address that while also trying to sort of catch up to what my old life used to be.’” It is still too early to say how recovery will play out for these patients. But here is a look at what they are experiencing so far, what we can
learn from former patients with similar medical experiences, and the challenges that most likely lie ahead.

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