by Amy Blackstone
In March 2020, I boarded a flight bound for Iowa. The next morning, I awoke to news that the university where I was speaking was closing due to COVID-19. My lecture that evening would be its final public event. I contracted COVID-19 soon after and have been suffering from long COVID ever since.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 13 adults in the U.S. have long COVID, an illness lasting months to years after contracting COVID-19. Though we’ve had years to adjust, Maine, like the rest of the nation, remains ill equipped to combat long COVID and its effects.
As time passes since the start of the pandemic, more research is being done about the long-term effects of Covid-19. A growing number of people suffer from symptoms that linger well past the period of active Covid: neurological problems, respiratory issues, digestive trouble, and other significant effects. We’ll talk with medical experts about what studies are revealing about long-haul Covid, and what is still unknown.
Dr. Ingrid Bassett, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; infectious disease physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Clifford Rosen, director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research at MaineHealth; principal investigator for MaineHealth RECOVER site; internal medicine specialist
Amy Blackstone, professor, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and Department of Sociology, University of Maine; author, Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence; she has been dealing with long Covid symptoms since 2020
by Emily Burnham
After giving a talk on March 11, 2020, at Iowa State University, University of Maine sociology professor Amy Blackstone returned to her hotel room with a tickle in her throat.
The next day, she flew to her home state of Minnesota on a planned trip to visit friends and family, just as the entire country started to shut down as the COVID-19 pandemic began its deadly march across the U.S.