September 11th Survivors During Covid-19

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Kasey Filler, Writer

There’s so much going on in our world today, but we can’t forget to acknowledge what happened on September 11th 19 years ago. It has been 19 years since this tragic day, but I can assure you anyone that was alive can tell you exactly where they were that day. September 11th, 2001 will be a day so many people will remember for the rest of their lives. Do you ever wonder ‘How are the survivors doing 19 years later?’

John Feal is one of the more than 1400 survivors and responders that have contracted the coronavirus. As of August 21st at least 191 have been hospitalized and 44 have died. Feal is the founder of the non profit group the Feal Good Foundation. They are trying to enlighten people on how awful and scary the coronavirus disease actually is. They’re also trying to find an appropriate way to honor the 19th anniversary of the attacks in the midst of a pandemic. Feal expresses some concern by saying, “It was bad enough when the federal government lied to the community when they said the air was safe. Fast forward 19 years and our federal government tells people ‘It’s not bad, you don’t need to wear a mask’ and we have over 175,000 people dead.” Feal says that he has been very scared of getting the coronavirus considering the past 19 years he’s 30 surgeries all due to Ground Zero health problems. Not only that but he gave someone one of his kidney’s back in 2007. He says when he had COVID the last thing for him to get back to normal was his breathing. Feal admits, “Nothing scares me, but COVID scared me.”

Feal hopes that the country will use the anniversary as a turning point in the pandemic, remembering the days after the attacks where New Yorkers of all backgrounds and ages put aside their differences and unite to help pick up the pieces.

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