Link: “Covid-19 Long-Haulers Are Fighting for Their Future”

Original post found at: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/09/covid-19-long-haulers-pandemic-future/619941/

An excellent piece that’s been doing the rounds (for good reason). We talk a lot about the risk of hospitalisation or death from Covid-19, but there isn’t nearly so much discussion in the media of the risk or implications of developing “long Covid” (probably an auto-immune condition, sharing a lot in common with things like ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and POTS). As Victoria follows New South Wales’ lead in admitting we probably can’t eliminate the Delta variant or return to “Covid Zero”, it is really important we don’t play down the risks of contracting Covid, and admit that there are other adverse, permanent consequences that can happen besides dying.

Another part of this article that I appreciated is where it points out the medical establishment already does a really bad job treating, and even researching, existing autoimmune conditions like the ones I mentioned. Cynically I’d suggest that in large part, this comes down to the ruling class trying to cast “under-productivity” as a personal failing to the greatest degree possible and, as such, not something that has to be supported or accommodated by society. They clearly want to do the same for “Long-Covid”; not only must we not let them, but we should turn our indignation in the defence of everyone with other disabilities, as well.

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