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For Some, Covid Illness Lingers

FEMA launches a mobile vaccine unit at the Beardsley Zoo
Tony Spinelli/Connecticut Public
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.


  • 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 leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Sujata Srinivasan is Connecticut Public Radio’s senior health reporter. Prior to that, she was a senior producer for Where We Live, a newsroom editor, and from 2010-2014, a business reporter for the station.

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