The Nuvance Health COVID Recovery Program is dedicated to treating patients with persistent symptoms after COVID-19 infection.

The road to recovery for some COVID-19 patients may be longer than others, with a wide-range of symptoms that can last for weeks to months. The long-term effects of COVID-19 can be debilitating and prevent people from getting back to their normal routine.

Since the outbreak, Nuvance Health has been at the forefront of COVID-19 treatment in New York and in Connecticut. While the long-term effects of COVID-19 remain uncertain, the Nuvance Health COVID Recovery Program (CRP) can help patients with diagnosis and treatment options to maximize function and to reduce symptoms post-COVID-19 infection.

“By creating a cohesive team of specialists across Nuvance Health, we can seamlessly help patients navigate the care they need, and ultimately, improve function and hasten recovery,” said Dr. Christopher Lehrach, president of Nuvance Health Medical Practices.


What are some long-term effects of COVID-19?

covid-19 long haul symtoms
  • Muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Memory loss or “brain fog”
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Balance issues and trouble walking
  • Weakness or numbness in arms and legs
  • Pain, body aches or joint pain
  • Headache
  • Stroke
  • Mood changes
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Rash
  • Hair loss

 

How the COVID Recovery Program can help

If you have questions about COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Updates and Resources page.

There is still much to learn about COVID-19 and its long-term potential impact. Nuvance Health’s CRP team are clinical leaders in their specialties and stay up-to-date on the latest studies and treatment recommendations. They work closely coordinating care across multiple medical specialties, your primary care physician and various therapists if indicated to diagnose the underlying causes of ongoing symptoms.

Because the program is part of a healthcare system, patients will receive post COVID-19 care by accessing all the diagnostic services they may need, including blood draws, cardiac testing, MRIs, pulmonary testing, integrative medicine and more.

 

Am I eligible for the COVID Recovery Program?

You must be 18 or older and have had a COVID-19 positive test result (PCR). You must be 4 weeks or longer from the onset of your first symptom and still have Symptoms. If you are not at least 4 weeks post-infection, please speak to your primary care provider or if you don’t have one, search for a provider close to you here. We can see people who were hospitalized and those who had a mild to moderate illness.


What to Expect

The COVID-19 Recovery Program provides coordinated care for patients experiencing persistent symptoms.
  • The first step is a Virtual Visit with one of Nuvance Health’s CRP physicians to review symptoms, medical history and more – as well as to address questions patients have and to provide support.
  • Because of the complexity of symptoms that can affect many organs and body systems, patients may need to see one or more specialists. Our program’s physicians can determine what referrals are needed all while coordinating your care throughout your recovery.
  • The program’s care team will work closely with patients and specialists to create a collaborative and customized plan of care. Our goals in supporting you are to minimize COVID complications, promote healing, support recovery and maximize function.
  • If you don’t have a Primary Care Physician, we will help establish care with one of our caring clinicians.

  

Contact Us

If you or a loved one need medical support after recovering from COVID-19, call 203-852-2222 (TTY 203-899-5016) to schedule a virtual physician visit and receive a customized treatment plan.


Together, let’s overcome COVID-19.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Updates and Resources page.

COVID Recovery Program FAQ

Most people who become infected return to normal health. However, there is still much to learn about the possible long-term health effects and why some people have symptoms that last well after their initial diagnosis. Common lingering symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint and chest pain as well as body aches. Lack of clear thinking known as “brain fog,” headaches, fever, heart palpitations, loss of taste and/or smell, rash and hair loss have also been described.
There is still much to learn about “Long COVID-19,” now called post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV2 infection, or PACS. And, researchers publish new findings frequently. Our team stays up-to-date on the latest studies and works closely together across medical specialties to diagnose underlying reasons causing your symptoms. Because we are healthcare system, you will have access to all the diagnostic testing you may need, including blood, imaging, pulmonary and more. We assess if you are at risk for developing more advanced complications and create a treatment and rehabilitation plan to improve your quality of life.
Because of the complexity of symptoms that can affect many organs and body systems, you may need to see one or more specialists. We provide an initial assessment to determine what referrals are needed all while coordinating your care throughout your illness.
Because symptoms can change as often as daily, it may help to document all the symptoms you have had. You can categorize them by how often they occur and what symptoms have stopped. This helps both you and your doctor focus on triggers, appropriate tests and possible treatments. You can add to this list or edit it as time goes on. Because you may experience brain fog and memory issues, it may also help you to have your medical records, including bloodwork and imaging results, and a list of medications you’re taking. It’s always a good idea to bring a list of questions.
We know COVID-19 long-term symptoms are real and not imagined or due to stress. We also know with any new diagnosis and serious illness, you may develop anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress. Our program supports you through every aspect of your recovery, including emotional health, so you can find hope, relieve stress and focus on healing.
You must be 18 or older and have had a COVID-19 positive test result (PCR). You must be 4 weeks or longer from the onset of your first symptom. If you are not at least 4 weeks post-infection, please speak to your primary care provider or if you don’t have one, search for a provider close to you here. We can see people who were hospitalized and those who had a mild to moderate illness.
For an initial Virtual Visit appointment, please call 203-852-2222 (TTY 203-899-5016) or visit www.nuvancehealth.org/covidrecovery for more information.