When Your Covid Symptoms Outlast Your Insurance

María had only been in the United States for about a year when the pandemic hit. She had entered the country without documentation and settled in Brooklyn, finding some work under the table preparing tamales and doing food prep at a restaurant. It was a brief period of relative calm. By late April, she was out of a job and experiencing the symptoms she’d seen on the news: loss of smell and taste, dizziness, diarrhea, persistent pain in the lungs, loss of balance. “I didn’t go to a doctor because I don’t have insurance,” she told me. “I didn’t have the money to pay.”

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