Covid Survivors March for Awareness & Action Across the U.S. on August 7th
With millions of Americans vaccinated, this summer is the first opportunity in nearly two years for many people to gather with loved ones. Too many want to put Covid behind us and return to daily life – but for the families and friends of the 615,000 Americans who’ve died from Covid, those now contracting the Delta variant, and the more than 3 million longhaul Covid survivors with persisting complications, Covid is still very much a part of everyday life. Without the resources and support they need, many survivors continue to struggle. And as new Covid cases continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to acknowledge that we have more work to do to move forward from this pandemic. Covid is not over.
That’s why Covid Survivors for Change is joining with Yellow Heart Memorial, Faces of Covid Victims, and a growing number of partner groups on August 7th to march and gather safely in cities and towns across the country, to remember those who died from Covid and raise awareness about the ongoing needs of the Covid survivor community. Together, we will take 615,000 steps across the country to honor every life taken by Covid. These partner groups include COVID-19 Long-Haulers Outreach, COVID-19 Longhauler Advocacy Project, Covid-19 Loss Support for Family & Friends, COVID Survivors from Texas, Covid Wellness Clinic, Faith & Grief, Long Covid Kids HQ Global USA, Inlovingmemory19, Long Covid Support Group, MakeGoodTogether, MaskTogetherAmerica, Pandemic of Love, PolyBio Research Foundation, Solve M.E., and Survivor Corps.
Several weeks after 15-year-old Hannah Ernst and her grandfather Cal made plans to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge together, he died from Covid-19. In the days after his death, Hannah pledged to honor her grandfather’s life by completing their planned walk across the Brooklyn Bridge as soon as it was safe to do so, to honor all Covid victims and survivors.
That’s why on August 7th, we’re hosting the largest nationwide day of awareness & action including our flagship march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. And all across the country, survivors are organizing dozens of marches and gatherings in their local communities to raise awareness and call for action. Survivors and supporters are encouraged to wear yellow, the color of remembrance, and to bring signs or photos of loved ones who died from Covid or who are long haulers.
Marches will be held safely in person and outside, with masks and social distancing required of all attendees. There are virtual options for those who prefer to participate from home.
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Why We March
We will march to call on our elected officials to strengthen prevention measures to end the pandemic and take the following actions:
- Prioritize Covid Survivors in the American Rescue Plan and All Covid Relief Resources. Direct support should go to programs for Covid longhaulers and families whose loved ones died from Covid, including health care access, mental health resources, and paid leave. Covid survivors should be given priority access to all Covid relief programs, and we must expand and invest in improving care for long haulers.
- Support Children Whose Loved Ones Died from Covid or Who Have Long Covid. One out of every 13 Covid deaths results in a child losing a parent. Provide mental health resources for their families, financial support and scholarships for surviving children, and resources to support them in school.
- Memorialize Those Who Died and Ensure This Never Happens Again. More people died from Covid in the U.S. than in World War II, and over 30M were afflicted. We must memorialize those who died and form a non-partisan commission to ensure that the physical and economic toll of the next pandemic is greatly lessened.
Find healing in support groups with other Covid-19 survivors. Read up on public resources available to you.
Together, we share our stories in hopes that others can learn from them, and that our fellow survivors can find healing in knowing that they are not alone.
Help stop this pandemic and prevent more people from experiencing the loss we know intimately.