HONG KONG, Sept. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WIMI Hologram Academy, working in partnership with the Holographic Science Innovation Center, has written a new technical article describing their research on the Application of Virtual Reality technology in pulmonary function rehabilitation in COVID-19 patients. This article follows below:

Coronavirus disease 2019, also named COVID-19, is a newly emerging acute respiratory infection that mainly invades the respiratory tract. It invades some other organ systems, especially the lung mainly, including the heart, gastrointestinal tract, kidney, lymphoid tissue, blood, and so on. It has spread around the world and has caused a large number of infections. The sequelae of COVID-19 patients are various, and the most common sequelae include respiratory and circulatory sequelae, neurological sequelae, and psychological & cognitive impairment-related sequelae. There is no evidence that patients with COVID-19 will have a long-term delayed injury after recovery, referred to as Post Covid Syndrome, PCS. The occurrence of this syndrome seriously affects the quality of life of the survivors and has gradually attracted much attention, and effective rehabilitation treatment can alleviate the occurrence of these symptoms.

Patients with COVID-19, especially those who need a high degree of care, have a high demand for physical, psychological, and cognitive rehabilitation. The timely and appropriate use of rehabilitation treatment will be conducive to eliminating the sequelae of COVID-19 and promoting the recovery of the patient’s cardiopulmonary function. However, due to the lack of resources needed to provide rehabilitation treatment at the present stage, it is difficult to implement post-COVID-19 rehabilitation. Scientists from WIMI Hologram Academy of WIMI Hologram Cloud Inc.(NASDAQ: WIMI), have been studying the Application of Virtual Reality technology in pulmonary function rehabilitation in COVID-19 patients.

1. Remote rehabilitation mode

Telemedicine, the use of electronic communication technology to provide care for patients without physical contact, is now used in large-scale patient screening, remote clinical consultation, and supervision of patient care. Telemedicine is more convenient and better patient-centered, helping to improve the level of the healthcare system. The telemedicine sector includes remote home care, teletutoring and telerehabilitation, and the provision of relevant medical education. As COVID-19 spreads, telerehabilitation is becoming more common. Such home telemedicine service can reduce hospitalization rates and emergency visits, and can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, reduce the pressure on health care and health institutions while ensuring the continuity of rehabilitation.

2. Virtual reality technology

Virtual reality technology is a technology that provides nearly real and credible experiences synthetically or virtually. In practice, virtual reality is a combination of specialized hardware and software. The continuous and rapid development of virtual reality technology is also used as an important way of remote rehabilitation. It consists of a head-mounted display (HMD), which can bring users into an immersive, realistic, multi-sensory environment through computer-generated visual effects. There are four types of virtual reality: immersive virtual reality, desktop virtual reality, also known as non-immersive augmented virtual reality, and simulated virtual reality. VR is “images and environments with real-time interaction, fully artificial computer simulation”, widely used for realistic reproduction of human structures, pathophysiology, and clinical scenarios. The nature of immersion has important practical implications in pulmonary rehabilitation, where patients can be more involved. The construction scenario can promote patients ‘”attention shift” and can distract patients’ negative feelings (e. g., fatigue, dyspnea) during physical activity.

3. The Application of virtual reality technology in pulmonary rehabilitation

The long-term impact of COVID-19 as a brand new disease on lung parenchyma and lung function remains an open question, and studies have shown that some survivors have severe pulmonary sequelae (pulmonary consolidation and pulmonary fibrosis). Most survivors can return to work and normal life, but a significant number still have dead-like ventilation and diffusion function. While pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary intervention based on personalized assessment and treatment, aiming to improve the physical and psychological condition of patients with respiratory diseases. Through virtual reality technology, telemedicine services in pulmonary rehabilitation have been successfully launched.

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