MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) – New research indicates autistic people are at higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19.

A Vermont doctor says she’s witnessing the pattern firsthand.

Dr. Melissa Houser opened her nonprofit, All Brains Belong VT, a little less than a year ago in the middle of the pandemic in Montpelier. Her practice prioritizes inclusive health care for patients whose brains function differently than what’s considered “typical.”

Dr. Mel Houser has dark short hair, a white KN95, wearing a navy blue dress over blue and white patterned leggings. She is seated in a blue rocking chair. In the background, there is paisley wallpaper, a purple exam table, and an exercise ball.
Dr Mel Houser was interviewed by WCAX about Long COVID in All Brains Belong patients