Long covid inequality, and connecting Native communities

Lisa Fisher is getting ready for a busy day. In about an hour, her mother will drive her to a clinic, where she will receive intravenous fluids and iron treatments for anemia. When you empty your IV, you’ll head to the adaptive gym, where you’ll put on compression shorts and attend a class for people with disabilities. She’ll also consult with a therapist familiar with postural tachycardia syndrome, a condition that causes her heart to race when she stands up.

Fisher, who lives in Houston, was a sports flight attendant. Now her life is exhausted by daily treatments and exercise as well as the care provided by her mother, a nurse who has moved from Ohio to take care of her. This has been the case for more than a year, after she contracted covid-19 and developed long-term covid symptoms.

Unfortunately, Fisher’s case is far from unique. She is one of many people of color grappling with COVID-19, and we are only just beginning to understand the scale of the problem. Read the full story.

– Eileen Shelley

Indigenous community broadband funding can finally connect some of America’s most isolated places

Rural and indigenous communities in the United States have long enjoyed lower rates of cellular connectivity and broadband than urban areas, where four out of five Americans live. Outside of cities and suburbs, which occupy barely 3% of the US territory, it is still difficult to get reliable Internet service.

For decades, people who lived in places like the Blackfeet Indian Reservation either had to deal with low bandwidth delivered via old copper wires, or simply went without it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the problem as indigenous communities have closed and moved school and other essential daily activities online. But it also launched an unprecedented increase in relief funding to solve it. Read the full story.

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