this is what it feels like [CW: illness, body horror illustration]

“Happy” Long Covid Awareness Day

Person wearing sport fan gear drawn on the manila bookmark. They have a big foam "#1 Hand" in teal, that reads "MASK UP", a jersey which reads "I HEART Public Health", and are wearing an N95 respirator. The basketball shorts read number 19, naturally. The person's eyes were overworked so they kinda have a bit of an anime or tear-watery flair to them, but oh well.

2024_3_15 Long Covid Awareness Day

1. People who know the severity and diversity of LC symptoms tend to take more precautions to avoid infections & help protect others.

2. Many People with Long Covid struggle to articulate the diversity and severity of our symptoms.

Helping those two things (especially number 2) is why I have been using my very limited energy for Illmarks.Β 

While creating these art pieces and managing this website are immensely meaningful to me in reconnecting with my body, I cannot overstate how hard it is to feel so disconnected from the visible parts of the planet’s lack of handling our ongoing pandemic.

I’ve had a couple of People with Long Covid tell me they shared a piece or two from this site with their loved ones who struggle to understand, and that means the world to me.


Additional information:

Link to the Press Release for International Long Covid Awareness Day.

For USA folks, the β€œwhat are our goals” on the LC/DC Q&A Page is a great list of tangible actions for LC prevention, research, and protections.

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  1. lemon πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ΄σ §σ ’σ ·σ ¬σ ³σ ΏπŸ΄σ §σ ’σ ³σ £σ ΄σ Ώ March 14, 2024


    boosting this with #Covid and #LongCovid because, well for many reasons :
    excellent art i can relate to ; also, recently realizing long covid's effect (and continuing effect) on friends & family
    thank you !
    peace / lemon

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