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For Some, Covid Illness Lingers

FEMA launches a mobile vaccine unit at the Beardsley Zoo
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Bridgeport CT - FEMA launches a mobile vaccine unit at the Beardsley Zoo to bring more COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable communities.

After more than a year of restrictions, Connecticut – now 59 percent fully vaccinated –is moving toward a post-pandemic society. Beaches are filling up, restaurants are getting booked, and students have signed off Zoom school.

But one group has been left behind – COVID long-haulers. This hour, we talk with physicians about new treatment and therapies at COVID recovery clinics. We also learn about the promise of repurposed drugs; and the urgent need for funding clinical trials for drug repurposing, as the virus continues to mutate around the world.

GUESTS:

  • Diana Berrent - recovering long-COVID patient, and founder, Survivor Corps
  • Dr. Sharagim Kemp - Director of the Nuvance Health COVID Recovery Program in Western Connecticut and New York
  • Dr. Naftali Kaminski - Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine; set up Yale's Long COVID Clinic in 2020
  • Jeffrey Aeschlimann - Associate Professor, UConn School of Pharmacy

Cat Pastor contributed to this program. 

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Sujata Srinivasan is a Senior Producer for 'Where We Live,' the flagship news-based, call-in talk show from Connecticut Public Radio, featuring deep dives at the intersection of data-driven narrative and investigative long-form journalism. She's also an editor for the Connecticut Public newsroom.
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