It’s Time to Take Long COVID Patients Seriously

Hosted by Divina Ann Philipose and Chirag Chinnappa
Edited by Manasi Nene 

As we come to the end of three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another related medical issue – Long COVID, or its more-commonly term of ‘Post-COVID’ symptoms. Although patients have mostly reported heart problems, respiratory troubles, and symptoms of fatigue, there are over 200 symptoms (such as tinnitus, changes in menstrual cycles, depression and others) that make up the spectrum of what we understand as Long COVID. So what exactly has the experience of treating Long COVID looked like in India, and how can our public health system rise to this challenge?

We spoke to Dr Chandrakant Lahariya, co-author of “Till We Win: India’s Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic” to understand the perspectives of doctors and the system at large when it comes to treating symptoms of Long COVID, along with journalist Padma Priya D, who founded the India Covid Survivor Group, and Sourya Dash, a patient with lived experience of the chronic illness.

Divina is a writer, graphic designer, and photographer in the making. She likes to look at how gender impacts conservation, public health, and the representation of gender in media. She is also of the strong opinion that drinking a particular hot beverage is unnecessary, much to the disagreement of everyone at The Bastion. Pablo, the office dog, however, agrees. Divina is an intern at The Bastion.
Manasi is a writer, filmmaker, and musician who is keen on exploring issues of education, technology and community mental health. She has also been active in the beatboxing and slam poetry communities of India. Off-the-clock, she can be found cycling, daydreaming, or daydreaming about cycling. Manasi works as The Bastion's Multimedia Associate.
Chirag is the Co-Founder of and Chief Editor at The Bastion. Most of his work is fuelled by dinner-table conversations where adults hold unwavering beliefs and an even stronger will to listen selectively.

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