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Convalescence refers to either the gradual recovery of health after disease, illness or surgery, or the period of time between illness and recovering to full health.[1][2] To convalesce means to grow stronger.[2]

Traditionally, the period of convalescence depended on the length and severity of the illness, and involved a combination of:

  • rest, often including some strict bed rest
  • exercise
  • nutrition
  • often a change of scenery was involved, such as a convalescent home or a stay at a spa[2]

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  1. Merrian-Webster Medical Dictionary. "Medical Definition of CONVALESCENCE". Merrian-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pepper, O.P. (1940). "The Physiology and Psychology of Convalescence" (PDF). Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. pp. 98–104. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  3. Physio for ME; Workwell Foundation; ME Association (May 2020). "Post Covid-19 Rehabilitation". Physiosforme. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  4. ME Association (May 2020). "MEA INFORMATION ON Post-viral fatigue (PVF) and Post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) following coronovirus infection" (PDF). Retrieved May 1, 2020.