RECOVER: Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery
RECOVER is building a nationwide study population to support research on the long-term effects of COVID-19. Join the search for answers.
1. ABOUT THE RECOVER STUDY
The RECOVER study is designed to help understand why some people experience long-term effects after having COVID-19 and what can be done to speed recovery and prevent it. Today, doctors don't know.
RECOVER is a research initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Locally, ILLInet is a network that includes health systems and community-based organizations in Illinois. These groups are working together to enroll a diverse group of people into the RECOVER study.
2. WHAT IS LONG COVID?
Some people who got COVID are still sick many months after being infected. The condition is called "Long COVID" or "PASC," which stands for Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2. Long COVID refers to symptoms that persist for weeks or months after the acute infection.
3. WHY PARTICIPATE?
The RECOVER study is for people who:
Currently have COVID
Previously had COVID (confirmed or suspected cases)
Have not had COVID
Participants in the RECOVER Study:
- May help doctors understand Long COVID
- May help improve the future of COVID care
- Are not asked to use any medications or treatments for the study
- Are compensated for their time and effort
4. HOW RECOVER WORKS
Everyone who joins RECOVER will complete in-person medical exams and complete questionnaires.
Attend up to 4 in-person basic medical exams.
- Most participants will only complete these basic exams that include the collection of specimens (like blood and urine) to help us understand your body at the beginning of the study.
- Later visits will monitor how your body and feelings change over time. You might also require more intrusive biological tests depending on your results. A member of the clinical team will discuss details if needed.
Answer up to 5 health-related surveys by phone or online.
Attend only 1 in-person medical exam each year.
Answer up to 4 surveys by phone or online each year.
5. HOW TO JOIN RECOVER
Call 855-461-8185 to speak with a study member or talk to your study coordinator to figure out if RECOVER is a good fit for you.
You will schedule your first in-person exam.
At Your First Appointment:
- Attend your first in-person exam.
- The study coordinator will go over all of the study details with you. If you agree to join, you will sign a paper or electronic consent form.
- You will be asked to answer a 45-minute survey. You can schedule this later or request it to be sent electronically.
- Together, the exam and survey may take up to 2 hours.