The Art of Long Covid
UPDATED: April 2023. Continuing to add more recent work at the top. Chronological art further below as noted.
Mango Mussolini pretended Covid didn't exist. Joe Biden is now pretending it's over. Parody video based on George Romero's classic film, "Night (Day) of the Living Dead."
One of my "pet peeve" terms around Long Covid, is brain fog. Medical journals are starting to label it in a more serious context. I call it brain damage.
As President Biden has declared the pandemic is "over," we're seeing more and more commercials minimize the effects of Covid and Long Covid. There's the television ad with Pink, and Michael Phelps, but the worst idea an intern ever turned into garbage was the California Department of Public Health sing-a-long (seriously? people are dying and getting disabled and we're singing about it???) video. My alternate video of what they really should have produced below.
My second Long Covid "mean tweets video based on Jimmy Kimmel's celebrity mean tweets--in this case, people gaslighting and being downright nasty towards those suffering from Long Covid.
A common "victim" of my parody videos is the worst gaslighting (not really) medical professional, Vinay Prasad. I depicted Vinay and Natalie Shure who wrote the epic gaslighting article "We Might Have it All Wrong" in The New Republic rag. She failed to interview any notable names in the Long Covid medical community and suggested it was FND (functional neurological disorder.) She might want to check herself for disorders.
Natalie and Vinay are often on the receiving end of my ire covered in THIS POST including the illustration below and one of my biggest pride and joy pieces, "Vinay the Angry Conspiracy Bear" video.
And the original Long Covid Mean Tweets.
As 2022 came to an end, I put out a holiday video; a spoof based on the movie, Love Actually. Aptly named, "Long Covid Actually" putting my green screen at home to work.
When Long Covid comes to town, bad things happen (carnival background stock photo.)
As fears of Elon Musk completely melting down the servers at Twitter, I've got an escape strategy below to my Mastodon Account.
Prior to my Star Wars escape Pod, one of my #LongCovid peeps on Twitter suggested we lobby for the great Dolly Parton to share some of the $100M Jeff Bezos is purportedly giving her for charity. C'mon Dolly, can you help us out? #DollyHelpLongCovid
I must be feeling a '60s vibe of late as shown in my concert poster-style image below promoting "Long Covid Solidarity!"
My first drawing showed the "Elephant in the Room" as in early 2020 I had issues with breathing (as I was still trying to train for a half marathon in March '20) and doctors had no answers. News was just erupting over the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
I recall watching the stories in January 2020 from my hotel room in Cape Town, South Africa where I'd coughed all night and woke up with sheets soaked from the chills from the night before. My Long Covid journey had just begun, but I had no idea what I had or what I was getting into.
As the pandemic unfolded and everyone quarantined into their homes, there was a a nightly "howling" that hit the country at 8PM. I painted a "triptych" Beatles-themed painting in the front window of our home and I blasted "All you Need is Love" through my Sonos speakers into the neighborhood. A subtle jab at the early mocking of the administration shows a Covid squid and a certain POTUS' name on the whale--both attacking the Yellow Submarine.
My latest Long Covid short video was featured on Long Covid SOS--thanks to Helen Lunt Davies and everyone there for advocating for people with Long Covid. (click on the image below for the YouTube short.)