Staatsoper Hamburg Announces Project to Help Rehabilitation of COVID-19 Patients

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Staatsoper Hamburg official website)

The Staatsoper Hamburg has announced the cooperation with the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf in a new project of social and medical COVID-19 patient rehabilitation.

Opera singers from the Staatsoper Hamburg will help COVID-19 patients in digital coaching sessions to train the respiratory muscles which have been weakened by the infection, and will utilize breathing exercises to rebuild the muscle’s strength and thereby reduce the shortage of breath. After having gone through and survived the COVID-19 infection, many patients still suffer from the shortness of breath as part of the so-called Long COVID-19 syndrome.

“Knowing that the Staatsoper Hamburg stands by our side during these difficult times in order to support patients suffering from the Long COVID-19 syndrome pleases us very much,” said Prof. Dr. Hermann Reichenspurner,
Deputy Medical Director of the University’s Heart and Vascular Center of the UKE Hamburg. “We would like to extend our huge gratitude to the singers for providing their extraordinary knowledge to the COVID-19 patients for their successful recovery,” added Reichenspurner.

The project started in April and is managed by Dr. Hans Klose, head of pulmonology at the II. Medical clinic of the UKE.