August 7, 2020

Healing From COVID-19

In this special ITT episode, Maria shares her story of healing from COVID-19. She reconnects with friend and actress Debi Mazar, who was a guide and support throughout her journey. Then she brings together a group of women of color including Amanda Alcántara, Futuro Media's digital editor, Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE, and Stacey Monroe, a trans advocate and community organizer. They share about making it through this illness, the ancestral knowledge that carried them, and being in community with one another. 

Our very own Maria Hinojosa gets personal and shares her experience of contracting the novel coronavirus back in March.

"I just remember the pain in my body, feeling like you had a gorilla clobbering your legs, and that you can't walk. And that you really want to eat, but you have no interest. I remember when I had posted that I wasn't feeling well, you know, we had already lost a friend… Jenny Polanco from the Dominican Republic… like somebody had already died. And I remember my husband just saying, 'listen people are freaking out about the fact that you're sick. Please try and post and let people know you're not as sick as having to be hospitalized' because there was just such an overwhelming concern like, 'Oh, my God, we're going to lose her.' "

This episode was reported and produced by In the Thick's New York Women’s Foundation IGNITE! Fellow, Harsha Nahata.

ITT Staff Picks:

  • Nicole Karlis writes for Salon about a Facebook support group for COVID-19 survivors that now has tens of thousands of members.
  • "The list of lingering maladies from COVID-19 is longer and more varied than most doctors could have imagined," writes Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, in this article for Science Mag about the lasting impacts of COVID-19.
  • In this story for Texas Public Radio, Ben Henry reports on survivors experiencing fear and distrust from neighbors, friends, and strangers long after their recovery.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay

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