A Qigong Exercise Promoting Pulmonary Function Among COVID-19 Patients
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June 27, 2020 - Among patients with COVID-19, some may develop acute respiratory distress syndrome. Fortunately, most patients only suffer mild symptoms, including fever, cough, and myalgia or fatigue. The first pathology report on COVID-19 demonstrated that the disease has severe impacts on the patient's lungs, hearts, and other tissue. Determining how to relieve the clinical symptoms of these patients, promote lung
function recovery and reduce the fatality rate is still an urgent unsolved problem.
Most patients with COVID-19 have been subjected to isolation as a management strategy; however, during "isolation," limited activity space and unintentional lengthening of inactive time will lead to a significant reduction in level of physical activity. Recent reports have suggested the safety and effectiveness of rehabilitation intervention for patients with COVID-19. Early adequately moderated rehabilitation strategies are needed to promote recovery from pneumonia and interrupt this unfavorable cycle of reduced physical activity, functional capacity decline, worsening symptoms, and increased risk of secondary complications.
Therefore, the First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University in China designed a Qigong program, the "Eight-segment pulmonary rehabilitation exercise", to improve the condition of patients with COVID-19 with the aim of promoting recovery of their pulmonary and physical function. The program is reported by the journal Frontiers in physiology.