UT Health Austin’s Post-COVID-19 Program provides a broad spectrum of care for individuals who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and continue to experience various physical, cognitive, and functional difficulties several months after initial diagnosis. Our goal is to help you recover from the lasting effects of COVID-19 through rehabilitation and other therapies designed to restore your function and quality of life.
Post-COVID-19 symptoms may include, but are not limited to, fatigue, deconditioning, muscle weakness, neuropathy and myopathy, pain, headaches, exercise intolerance, shortness of breath, autonomic instability, brain fog/cognitive changes, mood issues, and other persistent symptoms associated with post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) infection, also known as “long-COVID” syndrome.
The Post-COVID-19 Program is available to patients whether their symptoms were mild to moderate or they experienced hospitalization. Our providers are aware that many COVID-19 patients who recovered from the illness at home may also be experiencing lingering symptoms or disabilities that can be improved through rehabilitation and other therapies. We offer both telehealth and in-person visits.
What can I expect during my post-COVID-19 assessment?
Patients will undergo an initial in-person or telehealth visit with a healthcare professional who will evaluate the patient’s wellness, including personal, mental health, cognitive, and rehabilitation needs. After the assessment has been completed, our providers will recommend a personalized care plan and provide referrals to other medical specialists as needed.
The Post-COVID-19 Program is committed to studying and developing treatments for this new disease. You may also have the opportunity to meet with a research coordinator to discuss your interest in participating in ongoing studies at The University of Texas at Austin.
Every phase of your assessment and all recommendations will be shared with your primary care provider as well as any designated caregivers.
Screening methods include:
- General health questionnaire
- Post-COVID-19 symptom questionnaire
- Medication consult and reconciliation
- Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)
- Mental health screening assessment for depression (PHQ-9), anxiety (GAD-7), and PTSD (PC-PTSD-5)
- Social and financial impact of COVID-19 (Austin IMPACT Survey)