In Barcelona, a medical team at the Hospital Del Mar is testing a way to alleviate the effects on Covid-19 patients of a long stay in the intensive care unit. Francisco Espana is one of those patients. After nearly two months of a difficult stay in the ICU, he was taken on a short trip to the beach where he was able to fill his lungs with fresh air. "It's one of the best days I remember," Espana said, while lying on a hospital bed facing the sea. Behind those beachfront trips is an attempt to humanize ICUs. The team was experimenting with it for two years before Covid-19 hit Spain. According to doctors, even just 10 minutes at the beach seems to have positive effects on a patient's wellbeing.

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