Inaccessibility, anti-vax co-workers, and learning on the fly: What it’s like working at one of Los Angeles’s biggest Covid testing and vaccine non-profits

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Inaccessibility, anti-vax co-workers, and learning on the fly: What it’s like working at one of Los Angeles’s biggest Covid testing and vaccine non-profits

As the Covid vaccine rollout continues, many people have had interesting roles and experiences. We spoke with one — we’ll call her C. — who is helping with the rollout in Los Angeles. I caught up with her for a conversation about her experiences. Here is our conversation, lightly edited for clarity and brevity. Phoebe […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: Some patients will qualify for aid, Biden says

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: Some patients will qualify for aid, Biden says

Commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday, July 26, President Biden said some long Covid patients would qualify for disability, a development that long Covid patients have been seeking for months. “‘We are bringing agencies together to make sure Americans with long Covid, who have a disability, have access to […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: A year later, and millions of cases later, patients struggle for disability

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: A year later, and millions of cases later, patients struggle for disability

J., a long Covid patient from the Midwest, is still suffering extreme symptoms more than a year later — tachycardia, extreme fatigue and other symptoms. Walking the dog around the block, she said, raised her heart rate to 212 beats per minute. Like many other Americans with office jobs, she has been working remotely. Yet […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People under 65 with disabilities and high-risk conditions still fighting for access

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People under 65 with disabilities and high-risk conditions still fighting for access

John Best, a 31-year-old software engineer from Jersey City, N.J. has no illusions about the danger he faces from Covid-19. “I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that if I get it, I should probably make a will,” he said in a phone interview last week. Best spent the majority of 2020 holed up in […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: What happens if you cannot work?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: What happens if you cannot work?

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and JEANNE PINDER After two weeks out sick with Covid, an executive in Oregon returned to work. While she still had a cough, she and her doctor both believed the worst was behind her. “There wasn’t a conversation about Covid lingering or continuing,” she said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It was […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) long-haulers and the healthcare system: Her doctors didn’t believe she was still sick

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) long-haulers and the healthcare system: Her doctors didn’t believe she was still sick

After suffering for days with chest pain and difficulty breathing due to Covid-19, Candace Taylor finally fell asleep in a recliner one night in late March. She didn’t know at the time, but she would have to sleep in that recliner for the next three months. Taylor, 38, is one of a growing number of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: How to do it, with a disability specialist who has gone through it herself

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability:  How to do it, with a  disability specialist who has gone through it herself

Meet Alison Sbrana, a 27-year-old moderator for the support group Body Politic and former care coordinator living in Colorado. Sbrana has myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, a chronic, disabling condition that often afflicts people after an acute viral infection. Last week, we talked to her via video conference about navigating Covid-19 and applying for disability. Our […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the blind: What the pandemic is like when you can’t see

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the blind: What the pandemic is like when you can’t see

George has left home only a few times since mid-March. Single, in his early 40s, he lives in New York City. For the past two decades, George has steadily lost vision and is now blind. Before the pandemic, he worked full-time as a manager in a large Brooklyn-based company, with several employees working for him. […]