Living and Writing Covid

Sergio Perez, a student from Olga Breydo’s fall 2019 Immigrant Voices class, writes a harrowing tale of his experience, “(presumably),” with Covid-19, published in The Independent.

A 21-year-old with no previous health issues, I swam daily before I (presumably) caught Covid-19. Yet still it floored me. Post-recovery, I’m now frantically trying to make up for lost time in my career and my college assignments. I’ve started to wonder whether I can at least get one of the antibody tests they’re now rolling out in New York to confirm that I did have coronavirus once and for all. Come to think of it, perhaps the best way out of this mess is for me to confirm it and then enter some kind of immune system cell black market as a career backup choice. If the economy goes to hell and I can never sell my art, can I at least sell my antibodies?

 

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