The coronavirus pandemic is changing many aspects of health care. Hospitals are not allowing visitors, patients are delaying or refusing routine care and many services are switching to digital formats through the end of the public health emergency. This includes physical and occupational therapy services (PT, OT). However, as COVID-19 patients return home from the intensive care unit (ICU), many need PT in order to return to normal life.

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) is a term coined in 2012 to describe the illnesses people experience after a stay in the ICU. PICS can manifest as problems with physical function, cognition and mental health. PICS cases are expected to increase as a result of the current pandemic.

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