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Long covid derangement syndrome

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SMOKE continues to belch from the chimneys at the dark satanic mills of the long covid industry. Much of this sad story has been catalogued in these pages. We have justified why this can fairly be described as an industry and we have also focused on the lack of agreement on what exactly constitutes long covid and on the all-encompassing list of signs and symptoms which are attributed to it. Long covid is a construct rather than a diagnosis. Assumed from the start to be caused by Covid-19 infection, it has only recently been suggested in the scientific literature that it may, at least partly, be attributed to the covid vaccines – something we suggested here long before that research was published.

Now, just like the virus which is its purported cause, long covid has mutated. According to Global Health Now, the newsletter of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, long covid has a new definition and is now to be referred to as an ‘infection-associated chronic condition’; this is meant to ‘offer more clarity and consistency in diagnosis and treatment’. As my teenage kids would have said, ‘Yeah, right!’

The new definition has been proposed based on consensus by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The word ‘consensus’ ought to worry us as it was the discredited process of consensus that brought us lockdowns, face masks and social distancing.

According to CIDRAP, the newsletter of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, the definition reads: ‘Long COVID (LC) is an infection-associated chronic condition (IACC) that occurs after SARS-CoV-2 infection and is present for at least 3 months as a continuous, relapsing and remitting, or progressive disease state that affects one or more organ systems.’

Here is the kicker. In the 187-page document, A Long COVID Definition: A Chronic, Systemic Disease State with Profound Consequences (2024), it is stated: ‘The definition does not require laboratory confirmation or other proof of initial SARS-CoV-2 infection, recognizing that the initial infection may or may not have been recognized due to various factors, including the lack of availability of and limited access to tests early in the pandemic, limited sensitivity of some SARS-CoV-2 tests and the potential for false negatives, as well as financial barriers to testing even when tests were more widely available.’

Such paragraphs are a gift to the sceptic! There is no requirement for any evidence that a person with long covid was ever infected with Covid-19. We already know that half of young people reporting that they have long covid never actually had covid, suggesting that all you have to do is claim you have long covid and you will be believed. This should all work very well as, it transpires, that it is almost impossible for anyone not to have long covid given that the most recent list of potential symptoms has been expanded, by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, by an order of magnitude to two hundred. That does not exactly narrow down the diagnosis.

It is also possible that the lack of a requirement to prove that the person with long covid actually had Covid-19 covers the backs of those in the covid vaccine industry. Assuming that everyone reporting long covid symptoms must have had covid obviates the need to seek an alternative explanation for the symptoms.

The paragraph quoted above refers to the lack of covid tests. Admittedly, they do specify that this was in the early stages of the ‘pandemic’ but PCR testing for Covid was available from the start and lateral flow tests were available in 2020. The lateral flow tests, being highly specific, may have been prone to false negative results but the PCR tests were notoriously prone to false positive results, as discussed on the UK.GOV webpage in 2020. Strangely, the authors of the consensus report chose to focus on the possibility of false negative results.

They also refer to financial barriers to obtaining covid tests. But these were free at the purported height of the ‘pandemic’ and, while free distribution was halted briefly, in the US 755million home tests were distributed. In the UK, in 2021, nearly half a million test kits were being distributed to homes weekly.

The obsession with long covid is chronic in nature. Clearly missing the cut and thrust of the glory days of the ‘pandemic’, certain interest groups simply will not let it go. Could it be possible that those obsessed with long covid are suffering from ‘covid derangement syndrome’?

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Roger Watson
Roger Watson
Roger Watson is a Professor of Nursing.

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