Hyperbaric oxygen therapy could be the key, new study reveals

A new long COVID study will likely provide hope for the millions of people suffering from the debilitating condition, as researchers on Tuesday revealed that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the key to a long COVID treatment.

The study included 73 long haulers with post-COVID-19 cognitive symptoms, such as brain fog, inability to concentrate, forgetfulness and difficulty recalling desired words or thoughts. These symptoms had persisted for more than three months following a confirmed virus infection — a crippling condition that affects up to 30% of COVID patients.

Participants in the study were divided into two groups: 37 patients received hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment and 36 were designated into the sham-controlled group (placebo sessions received normal air).

Those who received the hyperbaric oxygen had 40 daily treatment sessions — five sessions per week within a two-month period. The patients entered a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, and breathed 100% oxygen by mask at twice the atmospheric pressure at sea level, for 90 minutes with oxygen fluctuations.

According to the study’s results, patients treated by hyperbaric oxygen had “significant improvement in their global cognitive function and more cognitive improvement related to their specific damaged brain regions responsible for attention and executive function.” Patients also saw significant improvement in their energy, sleep, psychiatric symptoms and more.

Participants who received only the placebo treatment did not experience significant improvement in their persistent long COVID symptoms.

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