At the time of this writing, the world is amid a pandemic due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (a new coronavirus) which causes COVID-19 disease. More than 3.5 million are known to have been infected, and it can cause a range in severity of symptoms from asymptomatic (believed to occur in most individuals) to those with mild to severe flulike symptoms to those who end up in intensive care units (ICUs) with severe acute respiratory syndrome requiring artificial respiration support from a ventilator. Those with more severe effects often have chronic comorbid diseases including diabetes, chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and obesity. Up to 19% and 29% of those with 1 or >2 of these comorbidities, respectively, end up in ICUs or dying (1).

So what are the current and future roles of the clinical exercise physiologist (EP) during the age of COVID-19? Let us begin with current...

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