Long-Hauler Deb Eleniak

A woman from a small Alberta community east of Edmonton, who has struggled with the lingering effects of COVID-19 for months, said the social stigma has been as bad —if not worse — than the disease itself.

She’s part of a small group of people known as COVID “long haulers” — still experiencing chronic problems but unable to pinpoint why.

Lack of community support leads to social ostracization

The lasting effects of COVID-19 go beyond the physical.

Eleniak, who lives in the village of Chipman, said the family felt ostracized after word of their diagnosis spread around their community east of Edmonton.

“We saw negative posts on social media. What hurt the most was when people said ‘That family deserves jail time and should be fined.’

We didn’t do anything wrong. We got sick.

Read the full article here: https://globalnews.ca/news/7410371/alberta-covid-19-long-hauler-social-stigma/