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November 25 2020 I remember feeling a little tired nothing out the blue I felt maybe it was just my usually sinus infection or allergies.I called my son up and asked him not to come for Thanksgiving just as a precaution because his wife had just givin birth to my beautiful granddaughter two weeks earlier .I get a call from my job if I can cover a co/workers shift for friday because she’s ill , I had answered I can’t because I have plans for Fri. I received another call from work and asked if I can cover her for Sunday I said yes.Now I’m at home wondering what’s going on so I called one of my co/workers she tells me that the person I’m gonna cover has covid I immediately went into pánica mode because I myself had contact with this person in exchanging money and paperwork( I work in a grocery store).By Friday morning 4 am my body aches and I couldn’t get out of bed and I had a runny stuffy nose . I called off work went and got tested by Sat 3:39 pm I lost my sense of taste and smell my results were in I was positive.I went into panic mode my mother and brother were also sick that morning .They too tested positive for covid .As the days went by my only symptons where loss of taste and smell my body was restless I couldn’t sleep most of the time I even went into my kitchen and rearranged everything I had never had so much energy in my life it’s like my adrenaline was over 100%.By day 4 I recovered my sense of taste and smell.I couldn’t understand I seen stories where ppl where just bedritten I wasn’t.By day 11 I developed an annoying cough I had to call my daughter to prescribe me a medication that would help by day 14 cough suppressed and on day 18 I returned work.It’s been a year but since October of 2021 I have developed anxiety depression acid reflux problems and sinus problems .It’s now Dec.8 2021 and I’m still struggling with these issues.My doctor says I’m having after effects off covid 19 .It’s hard to live this way because it’s affecting my life my work and my home.I had to get therapy I need the help this is not easy and at times I just feel so afraid.All I can do is ask my Good Lord to give me strength .Surviving in California..When I was released early July 2020 that is when my true nightmare began. I came home to not having one. My two dogs were given away and my apartment was now someone else’s and my things were either sold or thrown away. Because no one from my apartment management heard anything from the hospital they just assumed I abandoned the property and my pets. I had lived there for over 3 years never late on rent and rent always paid in full. So I took what was left of my savings and rented a room from a girl that had an ad on craigslist. Paid the deposit and what was asked for rent, moved what things I did get back and things I had just purchased for myself into the room 5 days later the girl changed the locks and kept my money and property. Come to find out that this same girl had done the same thing to 7 other people in a 3 months span.
I have not fully recovered from the virus I cough everyday, I cant perform my job duties as well as prior to getting Covid19 and everyday I have underlined feelings of hopelessness. I now live in my car, I go sometimes weeks without a daily personal care regimen. My teeth are also starting to break into pieces. I am not sure if this is a result of Covid19 virus or the fact that my meals these days lack proper nutrients. I never recieved Albany cares act from unemployment or any funding whatsoever and Georgia come to the understanding gave more money to people committing fraud then to people that actually needed and was eligible to receive funding. So daily I have to tell myself that there must be a reason why I survived just to keep me from wanting to die.

– Maria Flores, California

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