The ReCOVer Long COVID Clinic provides comprehensive care to patients who still have COVID-19 symptoms more than four weeks after recovering from the initial infection.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, BMC has been caring for patients with this condition. Now, we’ve brought together different specialties across the hospital to help provide you with the test care possible for long COVID.
What is long COVID?
While many people do recover from COVID-19, others report long-lasting symptoms or new symptoms that develop after recovery from the original infection. When the symptoms last for longer than four weeks after the original infection, this is called long COVID.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about long COVID. We don’t know exactly how many people get long COVID, but studies suggest it’s about one of every five people who gets COVID-19. We also don’t know exactly what causes this condition. Part of the goal of the Long COVID Clinic is to learn more about this condition as we treat patients.
There are many potential symptoms of long COVID, but they are usually similar to the symptoms of the original COVID infection. Common symptoms include:
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss
- Sleep and mood disorder
- Muscle and joint pain
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste and smell
To make an appointment at the Long COVID Clinic, please call the Infectious Diseases Department at 617-414-4290. Referring providers can call the same line or refer directly through Epic.
Most first visits with the Long COVID Clinic are virtual visits. Someone from the clinic will assess your symptoms, overall health, and other factors to help determine your next steps. After your first visit, you’ll be assigned a doctor based on your main symptoms – currently, the Long COVID Clinic includes infectious disease, pulmonary, behavioral health, cardiology, physical and occupational therapy, and neurology providers. Although you’ll see one main doctor, all providers will work together to help find the best course of treatment for you.
Potential treatments and services include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Behavioral health support
The Long COVID Clinic is currently only accepting adult patients. To come to the clinic, it is required that you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 through PCR, antigen, or antibody testing.
Integrated Behavioral Health; Healthy equity; Trauma-informed care
Karen Mattie, PT, DPT
Boston Medical Center is part of the Boston Consortium’s long COVID grant. As part of this group, we’re working with other hospitals around Boston to better understand long COVID, its causes, and what treatments work. We can then use these insights to help improve patient outcomes.
As a patient of the Long COVID Clinic, you may be asked if you would join our research study. This is completely optional and does not impact your treatment with us. But if you chose to join the study, you’ll be helping patients like you get the best care possible.