Mindfulness in Post Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC) Dysautonomia
The current pilot study will recruit participants experiencing new, returning, or ongoing symptoms related to COVID-19 illness for at least four weeks after being first infected with SARS-CoV-2. All participants will attend a virtual 6-week course entitled Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) created, hosted and led by expert facilitators from the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). This intervention will consist of a mix of lecture, practice, group feedback, and discussion regarding mindfulness. Mindfulness is the mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present while acknowledging and accepting any feelings, thoughts, or bodily sensations. The research team will collect self-reported measures of mental health symptoms, physical health symptoms, and demographic information before and after participants attend MAPs. Objective health measures will also be collected by the research team including an active stand test, a 6-minute walk, and a blood sample.
Adult females (18 years - 54 years of age)
- Previous SARS-CoV-2 infection confirmed by Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and diagnoses of PASC and dysautonomia confirmed by objective testing (e.g., autonomic reflex screen, active stand test)
- Ability to comprehend English and complete assessments and patient-reported surveys
- Availability of a smartphone, tablet, or computer with Internet access
- Inability to participate in the virtual intervention or complete outcomes surveys
- Current participation regular mindfulness practice
- Current enrollment in another COVID-19 related study.