A woman who contracted COVID-19 at a Black Lives Matter protest has revealed that she has been in a wheelchair for the past five months and relies on her parents to take care of her as she struggles with ongoing symptoms from the virus.
Nataly Najarro, a registered behavior technician, from Sun Valley, California, took the pandemic seriously, making sure wore a mask everywhere she went and avoided busy places where possible.
However, following the widely publicized death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed at the hands of a white police officer on May 25, the 24-year-old felt that she needed to take to the streets and join the Black Lives Matter movement in protest.
Despite her concerns about the ongoing medical crisis, she joined thousands of protesters in Hollywood on June 7 to make her voice heard.
‘I was very torn about keeping safe, but also needing to do something about the injustice that has gone on for so long,’ she explained. ‘I ended up going to the protest and while I tried my hardest to take precautions, masks and sanitizing can only do so much with an airborne virus.’
Nataly thought that she had taken all reasonable precautions, on June 13, just under a week later, she began to suffer from panic attacks, something that she had never experienced previously.
It was a shock for Nataly, who up until this point in her life had largely avoided feelings of anxiety. Two weeks later, on June 27, she woke up with a fever, a cough, and terrible fatigue.