Most people who have COVID-19 get better without lingering problems. However, some have symptoms for weeks or months. This set of symptoms are sometimes called "long-haul" COVID or post-acute COVID syndrome.
We have a team of doctors and other providers who understand these symptoms, which can be different from person to person.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the most commonly reported post-acute COVID symptoms include:
- Fatigue (being very tired)
- Shortness of breath
- Joint pain
- Chest pain
- Difficulty thinking and concentrating (“brain fog”)
- Muscle pain
- Fever that comes and goes
- Fast-beating or pounding heart (palpitations)
About the Post-Acute COVID Clinic
We've put together a team of specialists ready to work with you to diagnose and treat these symptoms. Post-acute COVID syndrome can be very different from person to person, finding the right care can be a challenge.
The Adult Post-Acute COVID Clinic at Vanderbilt coordinates care across different specialties to meet patients’ needs. The specialties involved in your care may include:
- Internal medicine
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)
- Behavioral Health
Our intake team will assess your needs. We'll put together a plan just for you to get you back to health. It's part of our commitment to making health care personal.
Post-Acute COVID Services
- A dedicated phone line for quick and easy access to care for patients and referring providers
- Connection to a nurse who screens patients and schedules appointments for a full assessment or referral to specialists
- Complete evaluation by a doctor during a convenient online video appointment (telemedicine)
- Quick referrals to Vanderbilt specialists who are committed to caring for patients recovering from COVID-19
- A personalized plan for recovery and rehabilitation
- Connection to support and resources
Patients also will have the chance to enroll in a post-acute COVID syndrome patient registry and take part in research. This will help us better care for patients with lingering COVID symptoms during their recovery from COVID-19.
Services are billed to insurance and may require a co-pay depending on your plan. Check with your health plan to make sure that Vanderbilt is considered "in-network" under your plan's coverage. See accepted insurance plans here.
Who qualifies for the Post-Acute COVID Clinic?
To be seen through the Post-Acute COVID Clinic, you must be 18 or older and:
Have had a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 at least 4 to 6 weeks earlier.
Have a smartphone or computer access to My Health at Vanderbilt. This is your online tool to manage your care at Vanderbilt. It is used, among other things, to conduct telemedicine appointments. (Clinic staff can help patients set up My Health at Vanderbilt when they schedule appointments).
- Be well enough to be evaluated in a clinic setting.
We'll help refer you to other care settings if:
- You have critical symptoms such as problems breathing, low oxygen, or acute heart or brain problems or patients. Patients who are too sick to be seen through this clinic may be referred to their nearest emergency department or urgent care center.
- Your positive test for COVID was less than 4 weeks earlier. Symptoms may get better on their own during this early recovery period. If you need support during this time, we can help you get an appointment with your own primary care provider. We also can help you find the nearest Vanderbilt Health walk-in clinic or get an appointment with a primary care provider.