COVID-19 survivors, long-distance transporters, and families who have lost loved ones to the virus will march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to raise awareness of the urgent need for the pandemic.

This year marks the second annual event of the COVID March to Remember, a national memorial event held in dozens of cities including New York City, Atlanta, Houston and San Juan. Puerto Rico.

The Walk aims to motivate elected officials to take action to strengthen COVID-19 prevention measures, ensure ready access to mental health services, and advance funding for long-term COVID research and treatment options. is to call

The event is hosted by various organizations including COVID Survivors for Change, Yellow Heart Memorial and Faces of COVID Victims. Those planning to march are advised to wear yellow, the color of COVID loss and survival.

“There is definitely a sense that society has moved forward compared to last year. , children who have lost a parent or primary caregiver — for them, COVID isn’t over yet,” Christopher Kotcher, executive director of COVID Survivors for Change, said in an interview with NBC New York. .

Long-term COVID, or post-COVID, is a condition in which patients recover from acute infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus but continue to suffer from lingering symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, muscle pain, and fatigue. He happens to be one of the most common complaints.

Estimates vary, but earlier this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted that one in five adults will develop a prolonged COVID condition. As more Americans are infected with the new variant, these numbers are likely to continue to create a range of medical and financial stresses for patients desperately searching for answers.

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Mother Maya McNulty, 49, is a long-distance carrier and COVID survivor as she walks the Brooklyn march from her hometown of Niskayuna, NY. She emigrated to the United States from Guyana in South America in 1979 when she was six years old and eventually became a marketing entrepreneur.

McNulty first encountered coronavirus in March 2020 and was hospitalized for nearly 70 days, including 30 days of an induced coma, and was on a ventilator for six weeks. In September of that year, she was officially diagnosed with her COVID long haul.

After experiencing two strokes, she still suffers from nearly 50 post-COVID symptoms, including brain fog, hair loss, bruises on her lips, itchy skin, heart palpitations and insomnia.

“In addition to being a walking warrior, I am ‘sick’. I’m sick but I’m fine It’s a new word I’m coining Because that’s what long haulers are going through They can sometimes walk and function Sleep But they’re still doing well and interacting,” McNulty told News 4.

About three months ago, McNulty finally returned to work after two years of unemployment in post-COVID conditions. As an entrepreneur, she used to work 60 to 80 hours a week, but now she admits that initially she managed 4 hours a week.

This longtime COVID fighter is self-employed, but has been busy managing several online support outlets, including the Covid Wellness Clinic Online Care Program and The Walking Warrior Foundation.

In one study by the COVID-19 Longhauser Advocacy Project, more than 40% of long-distance travel patients reported being unable to return to work, and only 5% reported being able to return to work at their best.

For Kotcher, the title ‘COVID survivor’ may not be to everyone’s liking, but it’s a term that resonates with many of the people he speaks, still dealing with loss and the unknown. advancing the world.

What I’ve heard from many people is that ‘victim’ is not an empowering word or place. survives and advocates through this.

Chris Kocher
Executive Director, COVID Survivors for Change

March registration is available online for flexible attendance up to the day. Masks are required to participate, and those walking together will take one million steps in honor of those who have died from the coronavirus.

In New York City, residents will meet at 11:00 a.m. on the North Lawn of Cadman Plaza Park in downtown Brooklyn.

About 500 people are expected to attend as the group crosses the bridge to Manhattan for a speaking program at City Hall Park, according to COVID Survivors for Change. He of the New York City Board of Health will be attended by Dr. Ashwin Vasan and the leader of his COVID support organization.

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