Since the moment my story, "I've Been Sick with COVID-19 for Over Three Months. Here's What You Should Know" was published in HuffPost on Wednesday, people have been reaching out to me and sharing it online.
Yesterday morning, Katie Couric even included my story in her daily Wake-Up Call newsletter, in her list of COVID related news. And this morning I was included in a segment on ABC's Good Morning, America.
The Good Morning, America piece shines an important light on the terrifying and painful experiences of COVID-19 survivors. You can watch it here.
Indeed, I wrote my HuffPost story with two goals: to assist patients still or newly struggling with the virus; and as a stark reminder of the harrowing realities of living with and through this virus. This reminder is, sadly, very much needed as many regions of the country now face the dire consequences of reopening and loosening protective measures too early.
And no one knows this more than those who were infected early and are still struggling. I have been particularly moved by messages from long-tail patients who have shared how alone they have been in their illnesses, despairing that no one is discussing the prolonged suffering the virus can cause. That conversation, thankfully, has been beginning in the past few weeks, and now that it has begun, we must keep it in the spotlight until we, collectively, have committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and have found effective ways to treat those who are sick.