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COVID-19 Rehab Group Aims To Help With Arduous Recovery Process

More providers are treating patients over video chats and phone calls as concerns about the coronavirus keep people from visiting clinics.
Janice Chang | NPR
Registered participants can attend UMSL's psychosocial therapy group via phone or by Zoom conference.

Many COVID-19 patients report both physical and psychological problems after leaving the hospital. Their experience is referred to as “post-intensive care syndrome.” Now a new University of Missouri-St. Louis psychosocial rehabilitation group aims to help adults age 50 and older as they deal with the syndrome and the overall recovery process.

On Tuesday's St. Louis on the Air, clinical geropsychologist Ann Steffen, a professor of psychological sciences at UMSL, described why such a group is necessary for those recovering from the virus.

For more information on this support group, you can reach organizers by emailing umslcps@msx.umsl.edu or calling 314-516-5771.

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