COVID-19 and Exercise Rehabilitation
While everyday Australians have been in lockdown and socially distancing, frontline healthcare workers have been courageous in their efforts to care for those infected with COVID-19 – putting their own health at risk in the process. Frontline healthcare workers are one of the most at-risk occupations for contracting COVID-19. Based on recent Victorian statistics, they represent more than 30% of the state’s daily cases.
At this stage, it is known that COVID-19 predominantly affects the respiratory system; however, evidence also indicates a multi-system disease that has the capacity to be severe and result in significant health issues, including pulmonary and physical dysfunction, increased emotional anguish, and reduced quality of life. As we learn more about COVID-19, efforts have been directed at establishing evidence-based guidelines to assist with the recovery and rehabilitation from the virus – including the benefits of exercise for reducing secondary effects1.
Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation has been grateful for the extremely rewarding opportunity to give back to frontline healthcare workers by assisting in the recovery of workers who have contracted COVID-19. We have worked closely with workers in developing individualised exercise programs that are tailored for their current starting point and aimed toward their personalised goals, which may encapsulate returning to recreational activity and resuming their work. Early stage exercise programs are already showing significant benefits for improving workers’ physical and emotional health on their journey to recovery.
Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation very much looks forward to doing all we can to assist more frontline healthcare workers, and to continue being an active contributor to the overall health of our nation as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
1The Stanford Hall consensus statement for post-COVID-19 rehabilitation (https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/54/16/949)