LONGHAULER: A COVID Diary

“My name is John, and I’m a COVID longhauler.”

“Hi John!”

Everyone’s COVID journey is different. For every person with a list of symptoms that remain long after the initial COVID hell, there’s a person with a different list of symptoms. The commonality we all feel, however, is that this sucks, that no one seems to have “got this” and that we’re all somewhat scared, wondering when (or if) this is going to end. The purpose of this page is to share one person’s Longhauler journey in the hopes that it might help others and make them feel more understood. Oh, and maybe to make you laugh a time or two.

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I Hate My Tongue

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