Many times it feels like the COVID-19 pandemic has been a terrible dream. Although the hardest moments as a result of virus were left behind and more than three and a half years have passed since the pandemic was declared, the truth is that there are still infections and also people who suffer the effects of what is known as persistent covid.
There are thousands of people who suffer the consequences of this disease today, specifically, 700,000 people. It is something that affects them, practically, in all areas of their lives and, therefore, causes problems in the workplace. Eight out of ten people cannot work normally. But this doesn’t stop here. Nine and a half percent have lost their jobs. At Antena 3 Noticias, we have spoken with several affected people, who tell us how terrible the situation is.
We have met Nani. She is administrative and accumulates one sick leave after another at suffer persistent covid since January 2021. “Your boss asks you for 100% performance and you are not at 100%, not even at 50%,” she highlights. These patients suffer constant joint pain, memory problems, respiratory problems, fatigue… This is why he asks, above all, for research. He further complains that “There are many doctors who do not believe that this exists.“, at the same time that ask for empathysince it is something that “not everyone is affected in the same way.”
The other case that we have known is that of Blanca. She emphasizes the same thing as Nani: “the doctors don’t believe you, I have had to explain to the doctors what persistent covid was“. Blanca is a pharmacist, she was infected with COVID-19 at the beginning of 2021 and three months later, she explains, “they fired me, My boss tells me he doesn’t know how long I’ll be like this.“. It is a situation that evokes a work bill, but also a physical and mental one. Something for which, he tells us, “I am in psychological and psychiatric treatment“.
Currently, less than 3% of patients with persistent covid has achieved the permanent disability.
Demonstration this Sunday in Madrid
Precisely this Sunday, November 26, a manifestation will travel the section between Cibeles, headquarters of the Madrid City Council, and Puerta del Sol, site of the regional government, in memory of the residents who died during the first part of the pandemic.
The protest has been called by ‘Marea de Residencias’ and different social groups and associations have supported it. It will depart from Cibeles at 11:30 a.m. and when it arrives at Puerta del Sol, a manifesto will be read after which you can listen to a verse of the ‘Sevillana del adiós’ with lyrics adapted for the moment.