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"Our rehabilitation programs can mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19."

HOUSTON (June23, 2020)

Gerard Francisco, M.D., is chief medical officer for TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital and chairman and professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School. He spoke with TMC News on June 3, 2020.

From what we heard about COVID-19 initially, from my colleagues in China, many of the patients have severe debilities. There was a subset of patients with neurologic problems, including what appears to be spinal involvement. After that, news came that they were seeing patients who seem to have had a stroke.

Rehabilitation has a track record of helping people recover quicker. There is no medication right now that will totally reverse the effects of this virus, but our rehabilitation programs can mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19.

Many people think that once you recover from the virus, you just rest for a few more days and then you’re back to where you were before. That’s not what we know right now.

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