Long COVID is neither as common nor as severe as initially feared.
Who said this a long time ago? Me. Who was right? Me. Funny, keeps happening.
That many (like assclown Ian Welsh) claimed Long Covid would end civilization was FUCKING LUDICROUS.
One study of patients in an Israeli health network looked at the incidence of 70 commonly reported long COVID symptoms in 150,000 patients. The researchers found that patients who’d been infected were more likely than people in a control group to suffer for extended periods from certain symptoms, in particular loss of taste and smell, concentration and memory problems, difficulty breathing, weakness, hair loss, palpitations, and chest pain. But the difference between the infected and controls largely disappeared by the end of the first year, and to the extent that they remained, they affected a relatively small number of patients. For instance, 407 of the COVID patients reported having persistent concentration and memory problems at the end of the first year, while 276 of the controls also did. That meant that for every 10,000 people, only about 13 had cognitive difficulties that were attributable specifically to COVID
Yeah, that’s about what I’d expect from a fairly standard coronavirus like SARS-COV-2. I know it makes the Covidians angry. That said, Long Covid is indeed real, but it doesn’t worry me because it’s not at all common and Long Covid is often misattributed. Hint: just because someone got Covid and they later had problems doesn’t mean Covid was causative. For instance an acquaintance got Covid and later was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Did Covid cause the cancer? Probably the fuck not.
Often, Covidian logic is as atrocious as that of the anti-vaxxers. Sadly enough.