A 'new form of isolation': Minnesota legislator opens up about her battle with long COVID

DFL Sen. Lindsey Port said more people need to talk about the condition to help find solutions


April 11, 2022

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Minnesota state Sen. Lindsey Port contracted COVID-19 more than two years ago, and she's still battling the illness, which morphed from respiratory attacks and kidney issues to now, on some days, numbness in her feet and part of her leg, requiring her to walk with a cane.

Lindsey Port struggles some days to grip her pen or firmly shake hands, something she has to do a lot in her job as a Minnesota state senator.

She takes her longer meetings sitting down or over Zoom. Her sneakers are no longer a fashion statement but a necessity to deal with recurring numbness and tingling in her toes and feet. Sometimes, that feeling spreads to part of her leg, forcing her to walk with a cane.

COVID-19 has transformed the life of the 39-year-old DFL legislator and mother of two, who said the effects of the virus linger in her and many others who have long COVID. For Port, the mysterious diagnosis can feel like a "new form of isolation" as the rest of the world tries to move on from the pandemic, including some of her colleagues at the Capitol.



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