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Teen COVID long-hauler urges peers to get vaccinated

Mariana Robins, pictured here at George Rogers Park on the Willamette River, May 12, 2021, is still experiencing COVID-19 symptoms from an infection that started in September. She is what's known as a "long-hauler."
Mariana Robins, pictured here at George Rogers Park on the Willamette River, May 12, 2021, is still experiencing COVID-19 symptoms from an infection that started in September. She is what's known as a "long-hauler."

Fifteen-year-old Mariana Robins is still dealing with symptoms from a COVID-19 infection that dates back to September 2020. At first, she says, it was just a runny nose, mild fever and fatigue. But sometime in October, she started passing out for no discernable reason. She experienced dizziness, intense pain all over her body and memory loss. She had to stop going to school because she could no longer focus on reading. Now, she’s slowly improving and has started attending classes at Edison High School in Beaverton, where she is a sophomore. She’s sharing her story in the hopes that it will motivate her peers to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

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