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Long COVID Program

Yale New Haven Hospital offers unique care for individuals experiencing severe and lingering symptoms long after recovering from COVID-19. This condition is sometimes called long-haul COVID or long COVID. Patients who are referred by their primary care doctor or specialist to our Long COVID Program are evaluated by a team including an internist, a physical therapist, a social worker, and when appropriate a respiratory therapist to determine a tailored care plan.  Appointments are coordinated with specialists who work together to address the medical conditions that may require many different areas of medical expertise.

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What are typical long-haul COVID symptoms?

Symptoms of long-haul COVID generally last more than three months and cannot be explained by another cause. Even after the infection has cleared, old symptoms may linger, and new ones can develop. It’s not yet clear why this happens for some individuals and not others. While long COVID may be worse for people who were previously extremely sick and hospitalized, even young, and previously healthy people who only had mild infections can get long COVID.

Long-haul COVID symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog or poor memory or concentration
  • Chest pain or palpitations
  • Getting short of breath with exertion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain and body aches
  • Lingering cough
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders

Is a referral required?

A referral is required for a patient to be evaluated. Referrals are accepted from a doctor, physician assistant, or an advanced practice nurse. If patients call our office, they will be instructed to ask their doctor to submit a referral. We recommend referrals come through your primary care providers office.

Who is involved in my evaluation and care?

The initial evaluation is done by the internal medicine physician. Knowing COVID-19 may affect multiple organ systems, the physician leader and a dedicated nurse coordinator collaborate closely with a team of experts working together from various specialties.

Your care team may include health care providers from:

  • Cardiology
  • Infectious disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Social work

Information for Referring Providers

New patients are welcome with a referral from a physician, physician assistant, or an advanced practice nurse. A referral is required for a patient to be scheduled for an evaluation. If patients call our office, they will be instructed to ask their provider to submit a referral.  Referrals can be made through Epic. If your practice does not have access to Epic, please call 203-789-3764.

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Yale New Haven Health is proud to be affiliated with the prestigious Yale University and its highly ranked Yale School of Medicine.