The hottest Long Covid Substack posts right now

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Ground Truths β€’ 10104 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. Two new studies show cognitive deficits after Covid in large populations, with impacts on memory, executive function, and reasoning.
  2. The cognitive decline from Long Covid can range from 3 to 9 IQ points, showing significant impact even after symptoms resolve.
  3. Research indicates that cognitive decline from Covid can persist for up to 3 years, emphasizing the long-term effects of the virus on brain function.
Ground Truths β€’ 15222 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. A new study on Long Covid analyzed 6,600 proteins to identify potential biomarkers like complement activation.
  2. Vaccination offers substantial protection against Long Covid, especially in those not at risk of severe illness.
  3. Recent reports highlight potential neurologic damage from Covid and call for more research on effective treatments.
Ground Truths β€’ 14434 implied HN points β€’ 08 Sep 23
  1. First human data for the new XBB.1.5 booster vaccine show good levels of neutralizing antibodies against BA.2.86 and other variants.
  2. Multiple lab studies have characterized the immune response to the BA.2.86 variant.
  3. Wastewater data and hospitalizations suggest a new wave of COVID-19 cases, highlighting the need for booster shots to provide enhanced protection against severe COVID and Long Covid.
Β‘Do Not Panic! β€’ 2103 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. The billionaire who wants to live forever has long covid and a 15% reduction in lung capacity due to a mild infection in November 2022.
  2. No one thought to ask the anti-aging tech bro about his covid history despite his extreme health regimen.
  3. Even a billionaire investing heavily in anti-aging techniques couldn't avoid the impact of a virus on his health. Health is a collective property, not just individual.
The Gauntlet β€’ 3970 implied HN points β€’ 22 Dec 23
  1. The press helped create a false narrative about the severity and implications of continuing COVID infections, downplaying risks and long-term effects.
  2. Misinformation and changing narratives from media outlets influenced public perception and acceptance of repeated COVID infections.
  3. The normalization of illness and demonization of preventive measures during the Biden administration has led to a lack of focus on community health and solidified a divide between 'vulnerable' and 'normal' populations.
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Β‘Do Not Panic! β€’ 2260 implied HN points β€’ 27 Jan 24
  1. Covid cannot be equated to a common cold due to its unique way of infecting and affecting the body.
  2. The virus's ability to infect various organs and cause severe damage sets it apart from typical cold-causing viruses.
  3. The lasting impacts of Covid, including long Covid and immune system complications, highlight that it is far more than just a cold.
Brain Pizza β€’ 1258 implied HN points β€’ 20 Feb 24
  1. Chernobyl's mutant wolves have developed resistance to cancer, showcasing altered immune systems and genetic resilience.
  2. Long COVID can lead to cognitive impairments, such as attentional deficits and cognitive slowing, persisting over months.
  3. Horizontal leaderless organizations may struggle in enacting change effectively, necessitating a theory of change and hard work for success.
An Insult to Intuition β€’ 1434 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jan 24
  1. Vaccinated individuals may be more susceptible to infection than unvaccinated individuals, as shown in UKHSA data
  2. Receiving mRNA vaccines may lead to higher IgG4 antibody concentrations, which could impact immune responses
  3. Vaccination might not prevent 'Long Covid' according to studies, and there could be a risk of more severe disease after vaccination
Logging the World β€’ 877 implied HN points β€’ 21 Jan 24
  1. Perceptions of Long COVID statistics may be misleading when not considering factors like vaccination and immunity
  2. The severity of COVID infections might be linked to the likelihood of developing Long COVID
  3. Long COVID advocacy could benefit from focusing on providing treatment and research for those suffering long-term effects
The Gauntlet β€’ 2908 implied HN points β€’ 23 Aug 23
  1. COVID is fully airborne and hospitals need to implement proper infection control measures to protect vulnerable patients.
  2. The WHO's initial guidance on COVID transmission was based on outdated science and hindered early control of the pandemic.
  3. Hospitals are failing to prioritize infection control due to financial interests, putting patients and healthcare workers at risk.
Are You Okay? β€’ 718 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jan 24
  1. Protein is crucial for various bodily functions like energy, muscle mass, and immune function. It's possible to meet protein needs with a vegan diet.
  2. Primary care physicians may not always have the time to create a comprehensive treatment plan for multiple health issues. Finding a holistic practitioner who can integrate inputs from various specialists is important for whole-body care.
  3. As we age, maintaining muscle mass becomes essential. Daily protein requirements may vary but generally range from 0.32 to 0.45 grams per pound of body weight. Various food sources like chicken, fish, tofu, and lentils can provide sufficient protein.
Are You Okay? β€’ 519 implied HN points β€’ 22 Dec 23
  1. COVID patients with immunity from the vaccine and past infection have a lower risk of needing hospital care; boosts for higher-risk patients and maintaining overall health are crucial prevention measures.
  2. It's important to stay updated on ways to prevent and manage serious COVID outcomes; resources like Holiday Survival Guide offer tips for reckoning with COVID.
  3. Long COVID cases are still being reported; staying informed and seeking medical guidance are important for individuals experiencing prolonged symptoms.
Β‘Do Not Panic! β€’ 904 implied HN points β€’ 21 Oct 23
  1. Junk science influenced a country's health policy and denied benefits to chronically ill people.
  2. Medical professionals can be influenced by social and political ideologies, impacting patient care.
  3. Persistent advocacy by sufferers can challenge harmful treatment recommendations and promote understanding of medical conditions.
Ground Truths β€’ 1181 implied HN points β€’ 21 Aug 23
  1. New reports show long-lasting effects of COVID-19 on health at the 2-year mark.
  2. Severe COVID-19 cases lead to worse outcomes and long-term impact compared to mild cases.
  3. Long COVID remains a significant concern, with uncertain long-term health implications like autoimmune diseases and atherosclerosis.
Frank’s Alabama COVID Newsletter β€’ 157 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. CDC reports decline in new hospital admissions for COVID-19 in U.S. and Alabama
  2. Covid-related hospitalizations tend to peak in January and decline by April historically
  3. Continued mutations of the virus, risk of transmission, and long Covid symptoms are important factors to consider for staying vigilant
Unreported Truths β€’ 61 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 24
  1. A study from Australia suggests that 'long Covid' may not be as prevalent as previously thought, with only 3% of Covid patients experiencing moderate-to-severe aftereffects a year later.
  2. The study indicates that the majority of individuals infected with Covid, aside from those needing critical care, fully recover within months.
  3. The lead author of the study suggests that terms like 'long Covid' may cause unnecessary fear and hinder recovery, advocating for a shift in language used to describe post-Covid symptoms.
Are You Okay? β€’ 698 implied HN points β€’ 28 Apr 23
  1. The effectiveness of population-level mask mandates is debatable, but wearing a high-quality, well-fitted mask consistently can provide some individual protection against infections.
  2. It's important to acknowledge that COVID is a persistent risk, and while vaccines and immunity help, individuals should assess their personal risk tolerance and take actions to mitigate their exposure.
  3. Stay informed and proactive in managing personal health, including staying up-to-date on vaccinations, addressing underlying health conditions, and boosting overall immunity through nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management.
Logging the World β€’ 538 implied HN points β€’ 01 Jul 23
  1. COVID numbers in 2023 are significantly lower than previous years, with restrictions lifted and admissions decreasing for months.
  2. 2023 has been relatively quiet in terms of new COVID variants, with no significant growth in headline variants, but the possibility of an evolution remains.
  3. While concerns about future COVID waves persist, it is suggested to enjoy the present moment and not overly worry about potential scenarios.
Force of Infection β€’ 94 implied HN points β€’ 22 Jan 24
  1. Influenza-like illness activity decreased across all age groups and regions, with improvements in hospitalizations as well.
  2. COVID-19 activity is starting to decrease, supported by various indicators like hospitalizations and test positivity.
  3. RSV trends are showing improvement with a decrease in positivity rates, especially in vulnerable age and ethnic groups.
Vinay Prasad's Observations and Thoughts β€’ 59 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 24
  1. Exercise has been shown to improve quality of life for long COVID patients in a randomized trial.
  2. Even with varying levels of participation, the exercise program led to positive impacts on mental and physical health in long COVID patients.
  3. This study highlights the importance of consistent exercise as a potential treatment for long COVID symptoms.
Logging the World β€’ 378 implied HN points β€’ 03 Aug 23
  1. A recent study found heart abnormalities in 78 out of 100 people who recovered from COVID within 2-3 months, but this data comes from a sample of the sickest patients which might not be representative of the general population
  2. The Sports Illustrated claim of 78% heart abnormalities risk may not be applicable to current conditions due to the study predating vaccines and omicron, raising concerns about drawing conclusions from outdated research
  3. It's crucial to consider the context and representative sample when interpreting statistics, like looking at more recent data from sources like the UK Office for National Statistics to understand the risks of Long COVID
Are You Okay? β€’ 639 implied HN points β€’ 30 Dec 22
  1. COVID can have long-lasting effects on some people, leading to a range of symptoms that vary in severity and duration.
  2. Understanding long COVID requires detailed data and nuanced discussions, not sweeping generalizations.
  3. Prevention through vaccination and exploring potential treatments like Metformin can help reduce the risk of long COVID.
Frank’s Alabama COVID Newsletter β€’ 176 implied HN points β€’ 26 Sep 23
  1. The latest data shows a decrease in weekly hospitalizations for Covid in the United States, with Alabama experiencing a significant drop.
  2. Alabama's hospitalization rate is still above the national average, but has improved from being ranked 3rd highest to 9th highest in the nation.
  3. Research is ongoing to understand the complexities of long Covid, with one study highlighting the potential role of low cortisol levels in causing profound fatigue.
Logging the World β€’ 338 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 23
  1. The XBB.1.5 COVID variant is around 10-12%, growing but not as dominant as other variants like BA.5 or BA.1
  2. ZOE data shows a rise in COVID cases and hospital admissions are increasing again, with a 4-week doubling rate
  3. The latest Long COVID data from ONS indicates a modest drop in severe symptoms, despite high infection numbers
Logging the World β€’ 259 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 23
  1. Acknowledgment that the 'Russian roulette model' of Long COVID does not align with data, suggesting underselling of the observed effects
  2. Observation of a slow growth phase in COVID numbers driven by the XBB.1.5 variant, with a notable share of sequenced cases consisting of this strain
  3. Hospital data reflecting a slow growth phase in COVID admissions, with the rate of increase remaining slower than a 4-week doubling pace
Are You Okay? β€’ 199 implied HN points β€’ 17 Mar 23
  1. Information on COVID risks and booster shots was addressed in a Friday Q&A session. It's important to consider context and accurate data when evaluating health risks associated with COVID infection.
  2. Having had previous COVID infection or vaccination can impact the likelihood of 'long COVID' symptoms in case of reinfection, with different considerations for teens and young adults.
  3. Viral infections like COVID can worsen existing health conditions, highlighting the importance of understanding individual health contexts and risks.
Logging the World β€’ 279 implied HN points β€’ 01 Dec 22
  1. The UK COVID data for the week starting 28th November 2022 shows a trend of growth in hospital admissions and cases.
  2. There is an increase in the number of people reporting limitations in daily activities due to Long COVID, indicating a potential impact from past infection waves.
  3. Variants at Level 6 and 7 are outgrowing Level 5 variants, contributing to the overall growth observed in COVID data.
Are You Okay? β€’ 179 implied HN points β€’ 17 Feb 23
  1. One way to know if your doctor is good is if they engage in active listening, use medical evidence for recommendations, and refer to other clinicians when needed.
  2. When considering trying a new medication like Ozempic, it's important to be aware of potential downsides and risks, including the possibility of weight gain after stopping the medication.
  3. Caregiver burnout is a real challenge that should not be overlooked, so it's crucial to seek support and take care of your own well-being while caring for others.