Since early 2020, we have all suffered the tremendous impact of COVID-19. Unfortunately COVID-19 is here for the foreseeable future.
We see the statistics, but often miss the total impact that COVID is having on our daily lives. COVID-19 may not only impact our health but also our social traditions, social and developmental norms, jobs, socioeconomic and mental health.
If you or a family member has been impacted by COVID-19 and would like to share your story, we will review it for placement on our educational web portal, The Voices of COVID.
The Voices of COVID is brought to you as an educational initiative of Novavax Advocacy. This web portal will house real stories of people like you who represent many of the unheard “voices” or stories of COVID-19 that may be of great service to others in a peer-to-peer fashion. These might be Voices of loss, grief, anger, learnings, experience, and advice—perhaps even some stories of hope.
“Voices” is a place to share these stories to enlighten and encourage others to recognize the realities of the long-term effects related to COVID-19. It is also a place where we will provide credible, educational resources from leading scientific, academic, and consumer vaccine organizations in one location for easy access by the public.
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PLEASE NOTE that your stories will be reviewed prior to posting. We respect the privacy of your information, so we ask that you do not include any personally identifying information in connection with your story. We will post stories along with your first name, age, and state so that your story may reach others at a similar stage and place in life. Please do not include any names of other people in your stories (for example, you may refer to your spouse or child as husband or daughter rather than using their names). Please also do not include any information about your physician, your hospital, or any other identifying information of any individual, institution, or organization. If such information is included, it will be removed from the story prior to posting. Your stories may be any length that you wish, but we may edit them for length and clarity. Please rest assured that we do not intend to change the spirit of your narrative.
There is no obligation for us to post any of the stories that are submitted. Any stories that discuss specific vaccines or that contain advice or information that contradicts generally-accepted medical opinion concerning COVID-19 treatment and prevention will not be considered for inclusion on this website. Here is a sample COVID-19 story for you to view.
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This is a sample story and not an actual account. It is a composite of typical stories reported to us.
My name is Jane, I live in Connecticut with my husband, Tom. He had surgery a few years ago, so we were always very vigilant about following COVID safety protocol and getting all of our vaccines and boosters. We were so careful, but somehow, my husband got sick. At first, we thought it was a cold. We immediately had him take a rapid test at home which came out positive, and then another at the doctor's office, positive as well. With his medical history, we knew he was very high risk.
His symptoms progressed quickly. He developed breathing problems and before we knew it, he was in the hospital on a ventilator. We weren't permitted to visit him, but his nurses helped us connect with him using his tablet. Seeing him like that and not being able to be with him was difficult, but at least we could see him and he could hear our voices. This went on for weeks. Finally, one day, the nurse called us and told us he was awake and able to breathe on his own without the ventilator. To say we were relieved is an understatement.
My advice to others is to talk to your doctor about staying up to date with your immunizations. To those facing COVID, my advice would be fight. Get treatment as soon as your symptoms start. Educate yourself on treatment options and proactively communicate with your healthcare providers. This is a brutal virus. You have to be just as tough.