A reference in rehabilitation in São Paulo, the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Hospital das Clínicas da USP (IMREA) has been receiving patients with physical and neurological sequelae left by Covid-19. After contamination, these people struggle to return to their normal condition. For this, they rely on the work of a multidisciplinary team, composed of physiatrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech therapists, physical educators, nutritionists, nurses and social workers.

Prof. Linamara Rizzo Battistella, of Physiatrics - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – of FMUSP and President of the Board of Directors of IMREA and the Lucy Montoro Rehabilitation Institute, says that "Brazil continues to vaccinate, facing this devastating virus with needlesticks. São Paulo has never run so fast against time, for life. And no wonder!! We won against deaths from contamination, but we were left with the burden of contagion. Those who survived continue to fight for life, for quality of life, for recovery of the life from before. It hasn’t been easy! The sequelae are countless, from muscle weakness to memory lapses and exhaustion."

“IMREA continues to monitor and rehabilitate hundreds of patients with Post Covid-19 Syndrome. The challenge is not over yet!! The Hospital saves lives, but we are fighting to give those lives back to society", concludes Professor Linamara.

Watch the video produced by the São Paulo State Research Support Foundation (FAPESP) here