As Covid-19 Symptoms Linger, Demand for Specialized Clinics Surges

A backlog of patients is growing at new clinics dedicated to Covid-19 survivors who continue to have symptoms many weeks or months after getting sick.

Some people who fell ill with the new coronavirus earlier in the year are still struggling with symptoms ranging from muscle aches to memory issues. Many of these patients say they have had trouble finding the resources they need to navigate lingering symptoms.

The medical community is turning more research and clinical attention to this cohort of survivors, whom some doctors are calling long haulers and generally don’t consider contagious. Around the country, medical centers have begun setting up clinics focused on evaluating and treating Covid-19 patients reporting symptoms that last weeks or months after their initial illness or diagnosis. But the clinics are relatively new and hospitals are still adding resources, so wait lists can stretch months at the ones that exist so far.

Lyss Stern is still struggling with attention and memory after coming down with Covid-19 in March.

Photo: Lyss Stern