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Coronavirus: Long COVID with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) joins Washington Post Live on Monday, April 25 (Video: The Washington Post)

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) - a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee - got COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 and still suffers from mild symptoms. Join senior writer Frances Stead Sellers for a conversation with Kaine about his personal experiences and his legislation to expand research and treatment resources for people living with long COVID.

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Highlights

“The range is broad and the scope of the problem we’re still trying to determine…The estimates that I’m seeing suggest that anywhere between five and thirty-percent of people who get COVID could have persistent long-COVID symptoms…Just as COVID is kind of a multi-system attacker, long COVID also can just manifest itself in very, very different ways among different people.” - Sen. Tim Kaine(D-Va.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Long COVID isn’t going away…Even when all the health officials declare that the public emergency is over, the two pieces that are going to continue are long COVID and the combined mental health impacts of a million people dead and people having lost jobs and lost businesses. And obviously the mental health impacts of those who are dealing with long COVID years after they had COVID…I feel pretty optimistic about us not losing focus on this because my colleagues and I…we hear about this from people wherever we go.”- Sen. Tim Kaine(D-Va.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
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“I will say, one thing that Glenn Youngkin did that’s going to be interesting to see…is this issue of holding President Trump close, but not too close. You saw Governor Youngkin in his campaign seldom talk about Trump, but also not actively push him away. So, I would say he was kind of softly hugging Trump but not talking too loudly about doing it. That it is a very, very delicate line to walk.” - Sen. Tim Kaine(D-Va.) (Video: Washington Post Live)

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)


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