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Some Thoughts on Potential Etiology of the ‘Long COVID’ Phenomena

So.. here is another post which I considered writing months ago, but was too lazy and bored to finish at that time. It is no secret that ‘Branch Covidians’ aka COVID Doomers keep talking about how everybody who got and recovered from COVID-19 will somehow get a nebulous chronic disease condition known as “Long COVID”. Of course, it turns out that even the most ardent believers in “Long COVID” lack a proper definition of this alleged condition. Then again, these are almost always the same idiots who kept shouting that the Orange Buffoon was an “existential threat to democracy” rather than an incompetent moron whose only real skills lay at trolling LIEbral idiots and entertaining others with his buffoonery.

With that out of way, let us talk about the potential etiology of a bunch of disparate symptom clusters that are popularly referred to as “Long COVID” by LIEbral idiots.

1] Let us start by talking about prolonged symptoms of unwellness in people who ended up in the ICU or hospital due to COVID-19. Here is a fun fact.. a pretty high percentage of those below 60 who ended up in the hospital or ICU had chronic diseases, serious obesity or had received systemic treatments for some form of cancer. But wait.. there is more! See.. even a healthy person who ends up in an ICU for over a coupe of days will experiences some degree of chronic unwellness ranging from the purely mental (anxiety, PTSD-lite, depression) to physical symptoms (fibromylagia type symptoms, neuropathy like symptoms, migraine-type headaches etc) for upto 1-3 months after leaving the hospital.

To make matters worse, the excessive use of ventilators on hospitalized patients in first few months of pandemic is associated with even higher rates of residual symptoms of chronic unwellness as well as real physical damage to organs such as the lungs. And yes.. even non-COVID patients who end up on ventilators for as little as a couple of days experience some degree of lung damage due to the use of those machines. Having said that, the vast majority (over 95%) of these people will be back to normal by the 6-month mark. Unfortunately, there is always a small percentage (typically 5%-10%) of those who end up on ventilators who will have residual symptoms past the 6-month mark.

2] Here is another poorly known but important fact about systemic infections.. about 10-20% of those who recover from any systemic infection will experience some residual symptoms that feel like fibromyalgia-lite for about 1-3 months after clinically verified recovery. This is especially common in aftermath of intra-cellular bacterial infections (systemic salmonellasis, various ricketssial infections etc) and viral infections. That is why you keep hearing about people who still feel a bit ‘off’ even a month or tow after recovering from influenza. That is also why about 20% of people have residual respiratory symptoms (dry cough etc) even after they recover from the viral infection which caused it in the first place.

The vast majority of these symptoms will resolve by themselves by 2-month mark. There is always the option of using a short course of steroid inhalers and non-sedating antihistamines to treat bothersome respiratory symptoms or NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen of Indomethacin to treat more systemic issues. The point I am trying to make is these minor post-infection symptoms will resolve themselves in 1-2 months or they can be easily treated with fairly safe drugs. There is always a very small possibility (less than 1%) of even successfully treated infections triggering a latent auto-immune condition, but as I said before- that is pretty rare.

3] It is however my opinion that the majority of those claiming to suffer from “Long COVID” have psychosomatic issues. Diseases, even those displaying fairly vague or broad symptoms, tend to have a fairly well-denied core of symptoms and pathology. For example- lupus, which famously presents with a wide variety of symptoms, has a fairly defined set of core symptoms and pathological changes. This is why you can diagnose and stage even a notoriously slippery diseases such as Lupus. Now contrast this to the state of affairs seen in patients claiming to have ‘Long COVID’. Let us, for a minute, ignore that over half of them do not have the right set of antibodies to indicate previous infection with COVID-19.

With over 10% of the american population definitely infected (and recovered from) COVID-19, one might have seen tens if not hundreds of thousands of people with such conditions and consistent lab findings to back their contention. But we haven’t seen anything along those lines. Did I mention that the likely figure of those infected with COVID-19 in this country is closer to 30-40% once you realize the fact that most infections (especially in younger age groups) are almost totally asymptomatic. And yet we have no consistent pattern of evidence for such a non-specific pathology. It is also odd that the median “long COVID survivor” is far more likely to a white female and between 30-50 yrs of age- a group also over-represented among those prescribed anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications.

I have a feeling that this particular post is going to attract a lot of comments and attention.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. July 7, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Lifestyle related conditions are definitely wide open to be misattributed to “long covid”.

    For example, gastroesophageal reflux disease – one symptom of which is a persistent dry cough, usually when lying down, as reflux can enter the lungs. If it’s untreated, it can even lead to worse conditions, like bronchitis or pneumonia, and hence is probably far worse than covid.

    The only “cure” will be when the media stop talking about it, which looks to be later this year.

  2. The Piss Bottles are real
    July 7, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I was sick for about three days but never developed a fever. Then for about 6 weeks I had fatigue, mild disorientation and a sore throat (this was before they said sore throat was a thing.) Strangest thing was my beard started going white. Now it is almost back to normal, just a few grays, so it’ll be a few years before I look “dignified” like Mr. Roosh V, hahahaha. I was able to get a test after the sore throat subsided and came out negative. I wasn’t willing to pay cash for the antibody test though, so no *conclusive* evidence.

  3. doldrom
    July 8, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Had a very mild case, 3 days of feeling weak & headache.
    Contracted from my wife who was positive and works in a care setting.
    I have to admit I felt effects for about 1 month when I would sprint up the bridge as before (out of breath much quicker).
    But, I have been smelling the same bad smell occasionally for more than 16 months, though less frequently as time passes. Surprises me that this would linger so long after such a mild case.

    [Don’t consider myself Long Covid. People are unfamiliar with more severe effects of flu, particularly since people refer to a cold etc., as the flu routinely. Of course being put on a vent is absolutely disastrous … surviving more than a year is doing well, let alone if you’re 89 and suffering from metabolic syndrome as most are.

    Nasal steroid sprays (for 3-4 weeks) help with residual smell issues. Also taking drugs such as Indomethacin and Ivermectin early in course of infection seem to reduce the likelihood of such outcomes.

    • doldrom
      July 13, 2021 at 8:47 am

      Unfortunately, in the jurisdiction I live in all of these are illegal without a doctor’s prescription: Prescriptions are generally hard to get, they are even reluctant about antibiotics when you have a strep throat, unless it gets worse. (Industrial veterinary applications on the other hand …)

  4. Long DONG-19
  5. Long DONG-19
    July 10, 2021 at 1:28 am

    • Jack Donovan
      July 10, 2021 at 9:45 am

      just ta think, this dudebroe was in the huwites only bath house a few weeks back, nonya dis, dat, den sheeyit. Just @ss out in the air and hands and ankles on the floor.

      coulda wiped better, but us huwite men like a little stink if ya get my driftwood.

      14 88 not Str8

      • the real Jack Donovan
        July 10, 2021 at 10:59 am

        It has been brought to my attention that someone is leaving impostor posts under my handle… This has been occurring at a terrible blog called dissention.wordpress. The host AD is intellectualy dishonest and has been called out on this several times. I am sure you can tell just by the writing style it is not me.

        So, AD… what are you going to do about this hypocritical crybully impostor?

      • July 10, 2021 at 7:45 pm

        oh hai the real Jack Donovan,

        I am secretly a fan. But instead of doing all the macho gay sh!t in the forest, I became a male feminist to be a liar and get pu$$y and trangina. More trangina if I am completely honest which I almost never am! In fact if I didn’t like you soooo much, I would point out the factoid that you stole my technique of taking part of something someone said and then putting your own words after it to change the meaning and make it look like something they didn’t day. Funny how that works.

        Keep on bashing low status non cutie str8 men, and I’ll do the same. It’s so nice how feminism intersects so nicely with white nationalism, tehehe….

  6. Long DONG-19
    July 10, 2021 at 3:20 am

  7. Long DONG-19
    July 10, 2021 at 3:21 am

    • woke feminyst
      July 10, 2021 at 9:35 am

      ayge gap!!! ayge gap!!!

      kyriarchical transmisoginy!!!!

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