Our multidisciplinary team of experts provides help for COVID-19 long-haulers, including accurate diagnosis, evidence-based treatment and novel research opportunities.
Who do we evaluate?
You can be evaluated at the reCOVer Clinic if you’re an established Cleveland Clinic patient who has:
- Positive PCR test results for SARS-CoV2 (a positive non-rapid COVID-19 test).
- Ongoing or new symptoms at least 28 days after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
How are long-haulers treated at the reCOVer Clinic?
You will first have a comprehensive evaluation by our experts. Then, you’ll be referred to any appropriate specialists to test and treat your symptoms.
What does it mean to be a COVID-19 long hauler?
People often refer to someone being a long-hauler. This is what doctors medically refer to as having long COVID or PASC (Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV 2).
This is a constellation of symptoms that you continue to feel weeks or even months after your initial COVID-19 infection. Even if you weren't sick enough to be hospitalized, symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, abdominal pain, loss of smell and taste, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, depression and many more can keep you from being able to get back to how your health was pre-COVID.
What to Expect
What can I expect at my first appointment?
- After you schedule a new appointment, you’ll receive a questionnaire through MyChart to fill out (preferably) before your appointment.
- Your reCOVer appointment will be in-person or virtual. It will last about 60 minutes.
- Your healthcare provider will take an extensive history and do a physical exam.
- Following your visit, you will be scheduled for several tests and lab work. These will evaluate you for ongoing symptoms.
What type of tests can I expect?
Everyone who is evaluated at the reCOVer Clinic will have:
- A chest X-ray.
- Pulmonary (lung) function tests.
- A 6-minute walk to detect low oxygen.
- An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) and echocardiogram (echo) to evaluate how your heart functions.
- A full physical therapy and occupational therapy evaluation.
- Blood work drawn for nutritional, kidney, heart muscle tests.
What other experts might I see?
Once you have your initial evaluation, your tests and symptoms will be reviewed by our team. Then you may be referred to any specialists, as needed. These include pulmonology, cardiology, neuropsychology, neurology, psychiatry, rheumatology, nephrology, dermatology, ENT, endocrinology, geriatrics sleep medicine, integrative medicine, functional medicine and others.
Appointments & Locations
How can I get an appointment at the reCOVer Clinic?
If you'd like to be seen at the reCOVer Clinic, discuss your ongoing symptoms with your Cleveland Clinic provider. They'll put in an electronic order for you to be seen in the COVID reCOVer Clinic. Our team will then reach out to you to schedule an appointment at one of our locations.
First appointments are usually scheduled virtually or in-person at Independence Family Health Center. We are expanding to offer our services at several locations. When you are contacted by our scheduling team, they'll arrange your first appointment at one of the following locations most convenient for you.
For Medical Professionals
How to Refer a Patient to the reCOVer Clinic
Our secure online service provides referring physicians with access to patient’s treatment progress with streamlined communication from Cleveland Clinic physicians. This helps you stay actively involved in their ongoing care. With the best possible treatment plans and coordinated care, our team approach benefits both you and your patient.
Referrals must be placed to COVID RECOVER CLINIC through EPIC with the following criteria:
- Established Cleveland Clinic established.
- Positive PCR.
- More than 28 days since COVID-19 diagnosis.
- The patient is having ongoing symptoms.
Resources for Medical Professionals
Consult QD: Find helpful posts from Cleveland Clinic's site for physicians and healthcare professionals. Discover the latest COVID-19 research insights, innovations, treatment trends and more: