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The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation estimates as many as 25 million Americans are experiencing long COVID. So little is known about the condition that the number could be much higher or significantly lower. But medical experts suggest a large percentage of the population could suffer serious symptoms from the virus for a long time. Those symptoms might be as mild as a loss of smell, or as severe as difficulty breathing. And the significant rate of infections is far from over. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with Dr. Jill Jim (Navajo), executive director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health; Dr. Anthony Fleg, physician with the University of New Mexico and co-founder of the Native Health Initiative; and Chasity Salvador (Acoma Pueblo), long COVID survivor, community partner with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, poet, community doula, seedkeeper, and farmer.
Break 1 music: Walk in Beauty (song) Talibah (artist) Navajo Songs for Children (album)
Break 2 music: Umumutayayata (Rolling Thunder) (song) Clark Tenakhongva (artist) Öngtupqa (album)
Early on, we rejoiced, believing that the coronavirus is receding and we may soon be able to take advantage of the usual rhythm of life.
Coronavirus strikes the viability of such a blow that the consequence of the disease was long, even if the disease passed easily, so it is worth talking about this topic now, to prevent serious consequences.
I think we need to keep looking for solutions to overcome the disease and its consequences.
Like most people, I was sick with covid and it was difficult because I was deprived of a normal life for a long time.
I want to say that people are already more prepared for the pandemic, but the disease should not be underestimated.
Among the positives in all this, I can only highlight the fact that we have more technological solutions in case we need to isolate ourselves again, for example, here is a great solution for business https://fluix.io/solutions-collaboration.
I also know that most educational and medical and other institutions use their solutions for online, on the one hand it is very convenient, but I think some things should remain offline, for example, schools and colleges.