Scripps Health has developed the COVID Recovery Program to address the lingering complications endured by many patients previously infected with the COVID-19 virus. Some patients experience ongoing symptoms such as shortness of breath, continued loss of taste or smell, dizziness or headaches, fatigue and brain fog.
The program is designed for Scripps patients recovering from a hospital stay, as well as those who did not require hospitalization but are recovering from COVID. The goal of the program is to help patients on the road to recovery and ensure that post-COVID patients get proper, compassionate medical treatment customized to their needs.
Patients can choose to see the COVID Recovery physician for their initial consult via telemedicine or in person at one of two locations — Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines (north) or Scripps Advanced Care Clinic (south/central). After the initial consultation, patients will be referred to a high-quality network of medical specialists and services, as appropriate
The Scripps COVID Recovery Program team consists of primary care providers, specialty physicians, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, RN care navigators and behavioral health experts (external referral).
Our team will perform a detailed evaluation and provide necessary referrals to specialists who can further address each patient’s symptoms. Our RN care navigators will assist with scheduling, coordinating and managing the plan of care.
Patients who meet the following requirements are currently being admitted to the COVID Recovery Program by physician referral only. This includes patients who:
- Have had a positive previous COVID test
- Have had persistent symptoms for 30 days or more, including but not limited to the following:
- Decreased exercise tolerance, including shortness of breath
- Headaches, dizziness, prolonged loss of sense of taste or smell
- Cognitive conditions including memory loss, brain fog, or mental fatigue
- Mood disorders like anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The intake process performed by a registered nurse will take approximately 30 minutes. Subsequently, an initial consultation will be scheduled with one of our COVID Recovery Program physicians. That visit will take 30 - 45 minutes.
This visit might also include referrals to additional doctors, including cardiologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and physical medicine/rehabilitation medicine specialists, as needed.