What surprises Alejandro Comellas, MD, most about COVID-19 is the unpredictability of the disease, particularly its long-term repercussions. Some people recover in a matter of days, while others have persistent symptoms that linger for months or longer.

Since summer 2020, Comellas and a team of providers in the University of Iowa Post-COVID-19 Clinic have seen over 500 patients with varying complexities after their initial COVID-19 diagnosis. The sheer volume of patients they’ve seen, coupled with a patient research registry, is helping them better identify and track this new set of disorders, also called long COVID-19.

Comellas, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at UI Hospitals & Clinics, shares some of the team’s initial findings with Medicine Iowa.

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Post-COVID-19 Clinic

Iowa’s only clinic dedicated to caring for people with long COVID-19.