Comprehensive Care After COVID-19

Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive COVID-19 Center

Dr. Marc Sala and Dr. Joe Bailey with a patientCOVID-19 can affect many different systems in the body, and patients who have recovered from the virus may continue to have symptoms and/or may develop new complications related to having been infected. If you have ongoing symptoms of COVID-19, you have access to a team of specialists who can address your unique needs through the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive COVID-19 Center. Our goal is to help guide your long-term care while you recover from COVID-19.

The center provides care coordination and can schedule multiple appointments with various specialists if necessary. We help you get the care you need, from the right specialists in the right locations, for your current stage of recovery. Patients are evaluated at multiple clinics and by a core group of clinicians who work collaboratively to help streamline your care for long-term symptoms of COVID-19.

Through the Comprehensive COVID-19 Center, you will have access to specialists in the following areas, as needed:

  • Pulmonology
  • Neurology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Nephrology
  • Hematology
  • Social Work
  • Psychiatry
  • Rheumatology

Additional specialties will be added as we continue to gain understanding of COVID-19 and its long-term effects.

Long-Term Symptoms Treated

NM physician checks patientThe Comprehensive COVID-19 Center welcomes patients who have symptoms related to COVID-19 beyond 30 days from the initial onset of illness or the last positive COVID-19 test.

These include:

  • Persistent fevers or fatigue
  • Neurological symptoms, such as brain fog, headache, dizziness or insomnia
  • Persistent cough or shortness of breath
  • Cardiovascular conditions, such as myocarditis and arrhythmia
  • Dysautonomia, a disorder of the autonomic nervous system that controls involuntary physical processes such as heart rate, breathing and bladder function
  • Pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or clotting issues
  • Kidney damage, which can lead to protein, blood or albumin in the urine
  • Persistent nausea and diarrhea
  • New prediabetes or diabetes
  • New thyroid disorder

Make an Appointment

Specialists in the Comprehensive COVID-19 Center are located in clinics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Lake Forest Hospital and Central DuPage Hospital. Appointment locations may vary by provider, and you may need to visit more than one location to receive recommended care.

You do not need a primary care physician or a referral to seek treatment at this center. However, if you do have a primary care physician, specialists in the center will work with them throughout your treatment to guide your care.

If you do not live in the Chicago area, you may be able to access care from certain specialists at the center from anywhere in the United States via phone or video conference.

For more information on the Comprehensive COVID-19 Center, and to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment, call 312.926.9900 (TTY: 711).