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The UF Health COVID RESTORE program provides short and long-term follow-up care for persons recovering from COVID-19. Individuals with what is commonly called “long COVID” typically experience a range of symptoms affecting different organs. These can continue for several months following the initial infection. Duration is unknown and varies from person to person, but improvement and resolution of some symptoms are observed.

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We offer services through the following clinics:

  • Primary Care post COVID clinic visit (after hospital discharge or after acute illness) Extended visits to assess needs, screen symptoms, provide education and referrals
  • Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine Clinic A physiatrist (physician trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) who is also trained in Integrative Medicine will evaluate and follow patients with post-COVID conditions that impact function. Patients will receive more education on lifestyle changes and safe use of supplements and other complementary therapies.
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy Clinics
  • Specialty clinics in Neurology, Pulmonary, Cardiology, Nephrology
  • Psychology- Four one-hour weekly telehealth sessions to learn mindfulness based tools to improve mood regulation and anxiety management skills. This is billed to insurance.

Self-care and self-management

  • Tracking At the start, we advise that you do a detailed tracking symptoms weekly or daily to include the intensity, duration, frequency, timing and effect of these symptoms on your daily routine.
  • Nutrition Loss of abnormal sense of taste and smell can contribute to either an increase or decrease in food intake or to preference for food that contain high amounts of simple sugars, starches, salt, and chemical flavor enhancers. These are frequently found in processed food. High intake of these foods and nutritionally poor and contribute to high levels of inflammation in the body. We recommend reducing intake of these foods and following an anti-inflammatory diet.
  • Managing difficulty breathing or breathlessness Some may continue to experience these even with normal X-rays or pulmonary function tests. Dysfunctional breathing or over-breathing patterns can contribute to these symptoms.
  • Managing Fatigue Patients rank fatigue as a major symptom affecting function and quality of life. We encourage a gradual return to activity to avoid post- exertional fatigue.
  • Managing Pain Using moist heat or ice, and supportive positioning may help reduce pain in addition to prescribed pain medications.
  • Managing loss or abnormal taste or smell This may improve with time, but long-term can affect appetite, weight and safety. Seek an ENT evaluation or work with an occupational therapist. Resources for olfactory retraining from these sites: or
  • Mental Health Reach out to social and emotional supports in your family and community.

Community Resources

  • UF Health Street is a community engagement program that links the community with medical and social services and opportunities for research.
  • Accessing home care services as you recover may help meet your needs and your family’s as you manage symptoms and recover

Financial Support

We encourage you to start a self-care practice that is easiest for you. Discuss other information on this sheet, use of natural products and other concerns with your health care team.