Does "Long Covid" Actually Exist? Does the Flu Bring MORE Long Term Consequences?
Sequlae Affecting Wellbeing Happen MORE OFTEN with non-Covid Illnesses
Many people believe that Long Covid exists and is unique to Sars-Cov-2, the novel lab-made chimeric virus.
An amazing study from JAMA throws doubt on such beliefs:
The authors compared the health outcomes of people who had Covid (a positive test) and a non-Covid illness (negative test) such as flu or RSV. Only the patients having their first Covid illness were considered.
The results are earth-shattering: Covid patients reported BETTER outcomes on the well-being scale than non-Covid patients, who were assembled in cohorts that generally matched each other, but for the Covid status.
Results Among 1000 participants, 722 (72.2%) received a positive COVID-19 result and 278 (27.8%) received a negative result; 406 of 998 participants (40.7%) were aged 18 to 34 years, 644 of 972 (66.3%) were female, 833 of 984 (84.7%) were non-Hispanic, and 685 of 974 (70.3%) were White. A total of 282 of 712 participants (39.6%) in the COVID-19–positive group and 147 of 275 participants (53.5%) in the COVID-19–negative group reported persistently poor physical, mental, or social well-being at 3-month follow-up. After adjustment, improvements in well-being were statistically and clinically greater for participants in the COVID-19–positive group vs the COVID-19–negative group only for social participation (β = 3.32; 95% CI, 1.84-4.80; P < .001); changes in other well-being domains were not clinically different between groups.
What the study shows is not exactly that “Long Covid does not exist.” Instead, it demonstrates that other similar illnesses, such as the flu, can also bring on undesirable long-term reductions in well-being — to an even greater share of sufferers.
The article, sadly, does NOT account for the vaccination status of the cohorts.
If it did, then perhaps it would discover something like THIS:
My Personal Experience
I know one person with permanent Covid damage and one whose sequelae (consequences) lasted five months and led to numerous doctor visits, which I considered quite necessary. I personally suffered a month-long loss of smell.
Overall I believe that people should generally be believed, and I am not trying to dismiss anyone’s experiences. Nevertheless, I wonder if other illnesses also bring long-term consequences and if Covid is not quite as special as we were led to believe.
Is Long Covid, as a concept, partially an artifact of viral hypervigilance?
After I just read the above Jama article, I also realized that two of my relatives had bad non-Covid viral pneumonia around 2016 related to one of them visiting Costa Rica. They also suffered unpleasant long-term health problems that were eventually resolved.
What About You?
Do you or your associates have “Long Covid”? Did you or your loved ones ever have “Long Flu”?
Do you think that Long Covid is made up?
Please share your thoughts!
P.S Modern Discontent wrote a long write-up taking a skeptical look at the study.