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SHA Wellness


Spa & wellness


With a recent study estimating that over two million adults in England may have had long Covid, efforts to improve the understanding of the condition are ongoing. To help patients recover, a number of wellness resorts are marketing treatments and therapies to long Covid sufferers, promising to combat the lingering effects of the virus. Abi Millar speaks to Nils Behrens, chief marketing officer at Lanserhof Resorts and the managing team at SHA Wellness clinics about the role hospitality venues can play in helping patients overcome long Covid.


ighteen months into the pandemic and there is a tentative sense that the worst is behind us. With large swathes of Europe now vaccinated and many restrictions lifted, most have been able to return to an approximation of their normal lives. Unfortunately, that is far from the case for the millions of people still suffering the after-effects of Covid-19. Known as long Covid, this novel post-viral syndrome can manifest in many different ways and with varying degrees of severity. One study identified 203 different symptoms, ranging from fatigue and brain fog (the most common) to more obscure complications like ‘Covid toe’.


The prevalence of this condition is impossible to pin down – it depends on how it is defined. However, the React-2 study in the UK found that nearly 40% of people who’d had Covid-19 reported persistent


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symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks. Extrapolated to the whole population, that would mean two million people in England have, or have had, long Covid. Treating these ‘long haulers’ will be a challenge for healthcare systems, even after the deadliest phase of the pandemic has receded. With so much still unknown about the condition, there is a lack of clear guidance on rehabilitation.


Unified healing


It is against this backdrop that a number of medical spas and wellness resorts have started offering long Covid packages. Long Covid itself may be new, but viruses and post-viral syndromes are not. From the ancient Greek asclepeions to the Victorian sanitoriums, people have long sought holistic healing in beautiful settings.


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