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Some COVID-19 Patients Need Rehab to Walk, Talk, & Problem Solve

Chicago Tribune

Photo: Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune

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In front of enormous windows overlooking Lake Michigan, Gordon Quinn sat at a small white table at a rehabilitation hospital facing speech-language pathologist Kate Webler.

Only Webler’s eyes were visible from behind a mask, face shield, and goggles. She asked Quinn to place a white plastic straw in his mouth, then suggested he sing “Happy Birthday” through it — an exercise meant to help him stretch and relax his vocal cords.

Instead, Quinn began singing the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Webler laughed and urged him on.

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