Two UW Medicine physical therapists have worked with a team of 10 coronavirus patients to test exercise techniques that appear to prevent some of the worst side effects of COVID-19.

“Exercise is shown to prevent worsening of symptoms like pneumonia or [acute respiratory distress syndrome],” physical therapist Hilary Pentz said. “And so when we started looking at all the literature, we found that most people were dying or were getting hospitalizations for having either pneumonia or ARDS. They were also having blood clots, and in the literature, exercise helps prevent the worsening of those symptoms with each of those illnesses.”

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