Long covid, and other invisible disabilities, impact the way we move around and experience cities. Smart urban planning can make that experience extremely challenging or can be supportive of people's diverse needs. Rebecca Karp recently opened up about her experience with long COVID in an op-ed in the New York Daily News and the ways it has shaped her thinking about planning and reopening.
This article originally appeared in The New York Daily News on July 30, 2021
New York in an age of long COVID By: Rebecca Karp
I’m a CEO and founder of a successful small business in New York, and I have long COVID.
I’m far from alone; thousands of people, many of them young and previously healthy, are quietly battling this illness on two fronts: personal (How much energy will I have today? What will my symptoms be?) and public: convincing a long list of well-meaning people who until recently didn’t believe our ailments existed.
They are very real, and it’s time they are accommodated meaningfully.