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The Long March of ‘Long Covid’


For people who suffer from prolonged symptoms associated with a Covid infection, so-called “long Covid,” the Biden administration knows that “it can feel like the world is moving on, while leaving them behind.” That was the verdict rendered in a statement provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. “We see you, we hear you, and we are taking action to help.” To hear the avatar of the nation’s public health apparatus tell it, moving on from “long Covid” is not an option. Indeed, “long Covid” may justify dragging everyone back.

“What is your metric for success?” Texas Tribune Dr. Anthony Fauci was recently interviewed by CEO Evan Smith. “How do you analyze the numbers and say this is heading in the right direction?”

In responding, Fauci twice said that placing a “heavy emphasis” on “death and severe disease” is the most practical way to gauge the level of menace Covid represents. “However, there’s one wild card in there,” he added. “That is that infection—even mild to moderate infection—can lead to a syndrome called ‘long covid’ in a certain percentage of people. So, getting [an] infection for a certain proportion of people—we don’t know whether that’s 5 percent, 10 percent, some studies show as high as 20 percent—who have a residual of impairment of…

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