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'I became more inspired' | COVID-19 long-hauler brings struggle to state house race

On Flashpoint, Tricia Cotham calls for more funding and research for long COVID.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former North Carolina State House representative Tricia Cotham says she plans to take her experience with long COVID-19 and make it a legislative priority as she launches a new bid for the District 112th seat.

"I think that the next big wave of COVID that we're going to have is long COVID," Cotham said.

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Cotham previously served in the North Carolina General Assembly between 2009 and 2015. Cotham said she's battled COVID-19 on and off for the last two years.

"January and February were the absolute worst," she explained. "March has been a little bit better. But it's also just very unpredictable."

Still, she says it's a daily struggle.

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"I do take a lot of medications, a lot of inhalers, I get IVs. All that still goes on today," she said.

Cotham wants to take the lessons she's learned and offer a voice to those still fighting COVID-19 like her.

"I think there needs to be a tremendous amount of more funding for research for trials and our UNC hospitals. All of these universities are very equipped to do that," she said.


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