Melanie Rozek has been a physical therapist for about 10 years, but the last couple of months have been like no other in her career.
"It's so surreal. I've never experienced anything like this before," she said. "It's scary. You go through the gamut of emotions."
Rozek has been helping COVID-19 patients at Strong Memorial Hospital get their strength back. It can be a slow process. She said it takes just seven days for people to start losing muscle mass when they are sick and immobilized.
Early intervention therapy for children with developmental delays is a service that’s required by law. As WXXI’s Brett Dahlberg reports, that means therapists now have to come up with new ways to work with children as the COVID-19 pandemic forces their therapy sessions online.
India Hedman’s daughter, Kaia, is sleeping. It’s Wednesday afternoon, and the 14-month-old is down for a nap.
Hedman picks her up out of her crib. Kaia’s head lolls against her mom’s shoulder. Her eyes stay closed.