A Physician’s Report: Health Consequences of COVID-19 and How Yoga Can Help

with Melissa Wickremasinghe, MD

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About this talk

In this presentation, you’ll learn from Dr. Melissa Wickremasinghe, Respiratory Physician at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, about the health consequences of COVID-19 and the potential role of yoga in supporting the recovery process. Dr. Wickremasinghe will discuss her experience as a physician treating patients with COVID-19 — including common symptoms, respiratory complications, effective treatment modalities, and the impact of health inequalities on individuals and communities at large. Learn how one physician understands the potential role of yoga as an adjunct treatment for those affected by COVID-19, including practical ways it can be delivered to those who might benefit through digital platforms, social prescribing initiatives, and staff well-being programmes.

About Melissa Wickremasinghe, MD

Dr. Wickremasinghe is a Consultant Respiratory Physician specialising in Interstitial lung disease (ILD), also known as lung fibrosis, at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT). She trained in respiratory medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital and completed her PhD on respiratory immunology at the Hammersmith Hospital. She is a personalised care lead for London and a British Thoracic Society ILD committee member, and as well as the Transformation Chief Clinical information officer at ICHNT. Her interests are in supporting self-care management using digital platforms, social prescribing, yoga for lung fibrosis, remote monitoring for ILD, and staff wellbeing through music.

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