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Simone Ravera lifted her pants, took off her slippers and socks, and then carefully plunged into the cold Baltic Sea water.
The 50-year-old rheumatism nurse is slowly recovering her life after contracting COVID-19 last fall, apparently recovering, and after four months she experienced severe fatigue and “unconsciousness” again.
In desperation, he found a clinic for patients with persistent COVID or symptoms after COVID-19.
The clinic is located in Heiligendamm, a seaside resort on the northern coast of Germany. It has been popular since the late 18th century. The clinic is dedicated to helping people with lung diseases, such as Asthma, chronic bronchitis and cancer.
Last year, it has become a major rehabilitation center for coronavirus patients, serving 600 people across the country.
Some of his patients are dying and must relearn how to breathe properly, regain their strength and overcome many neurological problems associated with serious illnesses.
But Frommhold can also treat a second group of patients who have mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19, and in the worst case, they will be hospitalized briefly.
He added that most people are between 18 and 50 years old and have no previous health problems. “They are the people who usually never get sick.”
Frommhold said that after recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak, these patients suddenly found themselves short of breath, depressed or unable to concentrate. Some people suffer from symptoms similar to dementia.
A former dialysis nurse discovered that her kitchen was flooded because she forgot to turn off the tap. Frommhold said: “Others can’t do homework with their children because they don’t understand the problem.”
Despite hair loss, muscle and joint pain, irregular blood pressure and dizziness, the results of routine examinations for these patients are usually normal.
In the clinic, the therapist initially focused on stabilizing the patient’s breathing. Then, with the help of occupational therapy and posture training, they work hard to recover their physical strength and motor coordination. Cognitive therapy and psychological support are also part of the plan.
Last year, similar “long-term” clinics emerged in various parts of the world, including the United States. In Germany, more and more countries provide these treatments through a national network of more than 1,000 medical rehabilitation centers, 50 of which specialize in the treatment of lung diseases.
It is unclear how many people have persistent COVID-19, partly because the condition is unclear. Scientists are still trying to understand what is behind the various symptoms reported by patients.
The National Bureau of Statistics of the United Kingdom pointed out that a survey of 9063 people who tested positive for COVID-19 showed that more than 20% of people reported some persistent symptoms after five weeks. Approximately 10% of the participants suffered from fatigue, and a similar number said they suffered from headaches or loss of smell and taste.