The pandemic, she mentioned in an interview, appears like “a hell that I’m by no means going to get out of.” Her husband has a compromised immune system, she mentioned, and he or she continues to be sporting masks.
“President Biden mentioned, ‘Nobody’s sporting masks,’ and maybe that’s true,” she mentioned. “However is it smart?”
Mr. Goodman, who labored as a music and humanities reporter for Newsday earlier than he turned to instructing, received sick shortly after he and his spouse, Debbie, had returned from a cruise alongside the Rhine. He mentioned he had no thought how they contracted Covid-19 — it might have been on the airplane, the place few folks have been sporting masks, or within the airport, or on the ship, the place somebody they ate with had a cough.
He mentioned he doesn’t remorse the journey; his spouse, who additionally had a lung dysfunction, consulted along with her pulmonologist, who mentioned it was wonderful for her to go. He’s glad, he mentioned, that that they had that point collectively. He mentioned he was attempting not to concentrate to statistics.
“How many individuals are nonetheless dying a day — is it 400 folks a day?” he requested. “It’s not over. It might really feel over. In all probability if it weren’t for my scenario, I’d really feel that it was over, too, however I’m in a scenario the place it doesn’t matter whether or not different folks suppose it’s over. It’s not over for me.”
Others say their lives are endlessly modified.
“For us, there isn’t a regular that we will return to,” mentioned Mr. HsuBorger, seated in a wheelchair. He had simply led a gaggle of sufferers with myalgic encephalomyelitis, a posh dysfunction also referred to as continual fatigue syndrome, in a protest exterior the White Home. Many have lengthy Covid. Their T-shirts declared: “Nonetheless Sick. Nonetheless Preventing.”
Sharon Otterman and Michael D. Shear contributed reporting.