What is long-haul COVID-19? What treatments are available for COVID-19 long haulers?

Although most people fully recover from COVID-19 within a few weeks, some people have symptoms that persist for weeks or months after their initial infection. This is called long-haul COVID-19, or post-COVID syndrome.

Post-COVID symptoms can get in the way of physical and mental activities, making it hard to feel normal again. If you have COVID-19 related issues that won’t go away, you may feel frustrated or concerned. But there’s hope: We’ll help you get the personalized care you need, so you can get back to doing the things you love.

Post-COVID syndrome: common symptoms

Long-haul COVID-19 can affect you in a variety of ways, including:

  • Change in smell or taste
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating (brain fog)
  • Memory loss
  • Chest or stomach pain
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Heart palpitations (fast-beating or pounding heart) 
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • A pins-and-needles feeling in your hands, arms, legs or feet
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleep problems
  • Fever
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness upon standing
  • Rash
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in menstrual period cycles

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No two people experience post-COVID syndrome the same. Some people have a single symptom, but others have multiple symptoms that affect them in several ways. In either case, we’ll be with you at every step on your road to recovery.

Identifying your symptoms

The first step is meeting with one of our primary care doctors. We’ll find out more about your medical history, what you’re experiencing, how long it’s been going on and your goals for treatment. We’ll also conduct or order any exams or tests that help us understand how to best treat you.

Determining your care team

Based on your symptoms and goals, your doctor will identify who should be part of your long-haul COVID-19 care team. You may be treated directly by your primary care doctor or by one or more specialists, through video visits, in-person visits or both.

If you need the help of a specialist, we’ll help you make the right appointments with the right experts. Many post-COVID patients see board-certified specialists from:

Personalizing your treatment plan

Your care team will work with you to create a customized treatment plan based on your goals. Plus, we’ll be with you along the way to adjust or change your plan as needed. We work across departments and specialties to ensure coordinated, whole-person care that’s comprehensive and effective.

Depending on your symptoms and concerns, your treatment plan may include:

  • Prescription medicine
  • Over-the-counter medicine
  • In-person therapies and exercises
  • At-home therapies and exercises
  • Counseling and support
  • Other tailored treatment