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Empowerment walk kicks off Saturday to support COVID long-haulers

Many people are unaware of the lasting symptoms of COVID-19, and how the long-term effects can impact their daily lives.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — People across the world are reporting a myriad of long-term symptoms related to COVID-19. Some people develop autoimmune disorders, while others may not taste or smell things the same way.

Organizers with 'Team COVID Long-Haulers' took steps towards change on an empowerment walk Saturday to show support for these people and raise awareness of the long-term impacts COVID-19 can have. They said they were walking to prevent more people from catching COVID-19.

The event started at 12 p.m. at the Cove at Concord Park off Northshore Drive. It cost $10 to register for the event, and participants were also able to buy a commemorative t-shirt for $20. There was also a coffee truck, pet bandanas and a stand for souvenirs.

Colleges and universities are continuing to study the long-term impacts of COVID-19 as cases become more common across the world. Many are searching for ways to treat symptoms, many of which may not be treatable today.