Out of hospital, COVID-19 survivors must learn to breathe again – CBC

New program provides remote support, oxygen monitoring for patients recovering at home

Oct 03, 2021

When Akiva Balter was released from Toronto’s Mount Sinai hospital in April after a two-week stay for a severe case of COVID-19, he hoped to resume his busy life — including 12-hour work days and numerous volunteer commitments at his synagogue — almost immediately.

The 56-year-old quickly discovered that he needed to learn to breathe again, and that he’d require an oxygen tank to manage even basic tasks like walking across a room.

“I think I was worse than I would care to admit,” the father of six told White Coat, Black Art host Dr. Brian Goldman.

During his stay at Mount Sinai, he’d been put on a machine called an AIRVO, which his wife Carmela Balter said she later learned was “one step before intubation.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/out-of-hospital-covid-19-survivors-must-learn-to-breathe-again-1.6191221

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