COVID-19 and the SCI Community
(June 2020) Among those most seriously affected by COVID-19 are people with neurological injuries and diseases, as they are especially vulnerable to further challenges and health hazards. Our Miami Project scientists are collaborating with University of Miami researchers and lending their expertise in developing new strategies aimed at treating individuals suffering from COVID-19 and upper respiratory infections.
Our scientists are at the forefront in developing new rehabilitation, exercise, breathing, safety protocols, and resources targeting the spinal cord injured community. Miami Project clinical trials are continuing and being adapted to reflect physical distancing by remote therapy to improve neurological and pulmonary function, which are critical to people living with a spinal cord injury. Our laboratory scientists are continuing their critical experiments at all hours of the day and night to move our discoveries forward, while observing physical distancing. Virtual communications are bringing scientists, trainees, and community members together during this time of physical distancing, allowing our research programs to move forward.
The Miami Project is also providing equipment to partner organizations to assist in the testing of COVID-19. Our clinicians are ensuring the highest level of patient care while our critical research continues. While the repair and restoration of function of the nervous system is the hallmark of our scientific mission, we are proud to be contributing to ongoing COVID-19 efforts during this time.
Respiratory Muscle Therapy for SCI
We’re all staying safe at home, but now what? Watch one of the videos to see a simple exercise that can help prepare your lungs to fight COVID-19. Because the virus makes it difficult to breathe, people with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at a greater risk of requiring emergency care if they contract the virus because many have underlying weakness in their breathing muscles. This video shows how you can train and strengthen the muscles that allow you to breathe. The stronger you make those muscles, the better you can move air in and out of your lungs, especially when it comes to coughing. This type of training has also been shown to decrease rates of pneumonia, a common side effect of COVID-19 and one of the leading causes of death for people with SCI. Training these muscles is important for people with SCI, but ANYONE can benefit because COVID-19 does not discriminate. Keep your breathing muscles strong and yourself healthy! #See10Breathe10Challenge