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Federal vaccine ad features San Antonio native with long COVID-19

“This crisis is coming at us a lot faster than people are thinking,” stated Rob Smith, the 22-year-old Central Catholic graduate.

SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a new vaccine advertisement that includes a 22-year-old San Antonio native with long COVID-19. 

“I used to run 5 to 6 miles a day,” Central Catholic graduate Rob Smith says within the business. “Now, when I walk up a flight of stairs, I’m gasping for air.”

Smith caught the coronavirus in Sept. 2020. He says he observed lingering issues a couple of weeks after he was contaminated. 

“I would walk into a room and forget what I was doing,” he stated in an interview with KENS 5. “It almost felt like short-term memory loss, but it was just extreme tiredness.” 

Smith says he linked with the business’s producers via a web-based assist group for long-haulers. These websites are among the many solely locations he and others with long COVID-19 can go for information and data on their situation. 

“Not a lot of people know what’s going on yet,” he stated. “I realized there were at least tens of thousands of people around the country dealing with the same problems.”

Doctors just lately informed a congressional subcommittee the pandemic could possibly be a ‘mass-disabling’ occasion. One San Antonio professional says thousands and thousands of Americans might quickly qualify for incapacity assist and providers as a result of lingering signs have hampered their means to perform. 

“Right now, there’s no cure or treatment,” Smith stated. “We just want to help people be informed… and make healthier choices.”

The ad is slated to run all through March.

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