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Vancouver-based health app creates online community for 'COVID long-haulers'

Last Updated Feb 3, 2021 at 7:46 pm PDT

A man wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 rides a bike past a photograph of a woman smiling outside a dental office, in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

For COVID patients with lingering symptoms, there's another option for support through a Vancouver-based app

Curatio CEO says they are creating an online community for 'COVID long-haulers'

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The creator of a health care app is hoping to give COVID patients with lingering symptoms another place to meet people online who are going through the same experience.

Curatio CEO Lynda Brown-Ganzert says the app has online communities for a variety of illnesses, but they are launching the group for people with long-term COVID symptoms will bridge the distance the pandemic creates.

“Most people want to talk to others who are either having the same experience or have been through it, and they want to talk to others who have been through it and they want to do so in a private way.”

She explains whether someone is diagnosed with COVID, diabetes or is living with Multiple sclerosis (MS), “It’s a very similar experience.”

“Most people want to talk to others that are either having the same experience or have been through it, and they want to do so in or in a private way,” she explains. “What do I need to learn about this? And who can I talk to? And what information can I trust? And what do I do next? And where do I find resources?”

Brown-Ganzert says what’s different about the app over groups on Facebook is increased privacy.

“You own your data, there is no advertising, there is no targeting, we don’t sell the data,” she promises.

Users are able to specify who they share with and create their own groups.

Brown-Ganzert says people can also access evidence-based articles and information about their illness on the app.