Sameera Gul, Hafiza Noor-ul Huda, Misha Raza Sherazi.
Role of Physical Therapy in COVID-19 Pandemic.
Foundation Uni J Rehab Sci May ;1(1):33-6.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a pandemic, is an infectious condition caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) , which has caused an increased number of hospitalizations worldwide. People infected with COVID-19 experience a variation in symptoms including cough, fever, muscle pain, fatigue, tiredness, and shortness of breath. Approximately 14% of patients experience a severe form of COVID-19 and thus requiring hospitalization, and 5% of patients require admission to an ICU. Effective screening of infected patients is necessary for early detection and the proper treatment and care of the patient. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and antigen-antibody tests are the screening methods for virus detection. The sample is taken either from the nasopharynx or the throat. Since the vaccine for the treatment of coronavirus is under production, supportive management is recommended for minimizing symptoms. Social distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing face masks are preventive measures against this virus. Rehabilitative and physical therapy interventions have a significant impact on patients in resolving problems associated with breathing and for active mobilization to improve quality of life. This literature review sought to determine the effects of COVID-19 and to discuss what is known regarding the role of Physical Therapy on COVID-19 patients.

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