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Physical Health

Physical Health

Long COVID can affect every part of the body, and it’s important to receive focused care that addresses this physical recovery. AfterCare can help you get healthy and stay healthy with specialized care, primary care and tips for self-management.

COVID-19 Centers of Excellence

Tremont COVID-19 Center of Excellence in the Bronx and Roosevelt COVID-19 Center of Excellence in Queens provide short and long-term follow-up care for people recovering from COVID-19.
These Centers also offer the following services:

  • Lung care and supplemental (extra) oxygen
  • Heart care
  • X-rays, scans, and ultrasounds
  • Mental health services for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychological distress
  • Rooms to safely isolate (set apart) patients who:
    • May have COVID-19
    • Are being tested for COVID-19

Note: We recommend keeping a journal of your Long COVID symptoms. Try to be as detailed as possible, like how bad they are, how long they last, how often they occur, and whether they limit your ability to function. Bring your journal to your appointment with you doctor or nurse.

Learn more or call for an appointment: 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319), press 0

For a list of Long COVID care clinics in NYC, click here.

Primary Care

A primary care provider (PCP) helps you in your COVID recovery.
They can:

  • Help prevent disease by finding risk factors
    • Risk factors are things that raise a person’s chances of getting a disease. For example, cigarette smoking is a risk factor for lung cancer.
  • Help you manage any chronic and long-term health problems for a better quality of life
  • Help you find specialists if you need them

It’s recommended that people of all ages and all genders have a primary care provider.

You can call H+H’s Primary Care Hotline 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) to make an appointment with a PCP.

Self-Care / Management

Self-care and self-management are critical to recovery and reduction of Long COVID-19 symptoms. Below are some tips to help you with your symptoms so you may feel better sooner.

First, it can be helpful to start writing down and keeping track of your symptoms. We recommend keeping a daily or weekly journal about your symptoms, even symptoms that may seem minor to you. Try to be as detailed as possible, including how severe they are, how much time they last, how often they occur, when they occur, and whether they impact your daily routine like getting dressed, cooking, or cleaning.

You can also use AfterCare’s Navigating Your COVID Recovery Guide and Daily Symptoms Tracker as a helpful resource to track your symptoms.

In addition to keeping a detailed journal, we also recommend the following strategies:

  • Focus on improving your general health, and making small lifestyle changes, like eating more fruits and vegetables and moving your body a little every day.
  • Manage your fatigue (feeling very tired or weak). Fatigue is a common symptom of Long COVID.
  • Learn about rest and ways to manage your fatigue, such as pacing your physical movement
  • Think about your lasting symptoms that affect your taste and smell: