University of Iowa establishes clinic for former COVID-19 patients (The Gazette)


IOWA CITY — In an effort to treat and study the still little-understood impact of the novel coronavirus, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has established a clinic to treat patients following an infection of COVID-19.

The Respiratory Illness Clinic is a designated space to diagnose and care for patients experiencing complications as a result of COVID-19, an initiative that its lead doctor says will help local health care providers discover trends in the virus’ impact and aid in future research.

Dr. Alejandro Comellas, UIHC pulmonologist and head of the Respiratory Illness Clinic, began having conversations with other providers back in March, the month the virus was confirmed in Iowa, At the time, he said clinicians weren’t sure — and still aren’t — of the long-term effects of the virus.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020