Volunteer for the RECOVER Study

Details about the RECOVER study

If you have contracted COVID within the past 30 days you may be selected. A modest payment is offered for participants who are accepted.

Volunteers are needed right now for a multi-year Long COVID study called RECOVER. Anyone in the Bay Area who is at least 18 years old and has been diagnosed with COVID (by a lab or home test) within the past 30 days can apply. 

People with and without COVID symptoms are invited to apply. The research team needs to hear from people with all types of responses to COVID.


The study will last 3 to 4 years and will require a few visits to Bay Area medical clinics (listed below) each year. Participants will complete questionnaires about their health and provide blood samples. Some may need to have X-rays or other tests done to assess their condition and/or progress.

Some who apply may not be eligible to participate. Those who are accepted for the study will receive a modest payment for their time, which will be approximately $75.00 per office visit.

Office visits will take place at the following locations:

  • Daly City — 333 Gellert Boulevard, Daly City 94015
  • San Francisco General Hospital — Clinical and Translational Science Institute, 1001 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • UCSF Parnassus — Crede Ambulatory Care Center, 400 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

How to volunteer for RECOVER:

Why the RECOVER study is important

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describe Long COVID as an “unseen public health crisis” and has invested $1.21B to address it. The RECOVER study will help all of us learn more about how common Long COVID is and what causes it. The goal is to find better ways to treat and prevent it. 

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is one of 15 research locations around the country that is conducting this study. Different RECOVER research locations may focus on different aspects of Long COVID as part of this nationwide research. 

You can read more about the details and goals of the RECOVER study on the national website at RecoverCOVID.org.