Science Based Long Covid

Twelve main Symptoms of Long Covid

Prospective study with a total of 9764 participants, 8637 comfirmed infection with covid-19, was used to create a definition of LC based on Symptoms.

 postexertional malaise, fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, palpitations, changes in sexual desire or capacity, loss of or change in smell or taste, thirst, chronic cough, chest pain, and abnormal movements.

(Infected% vs uninfected%, adjusted odds ratio, [Confidence interval])

Postexertional malaise (PEM) (28% vs 7%; aOR, 5.2 [95% CI, 3.9-6.8]),
fatigue (38% vs 17%; aOR, 2.9 [95% CI, 2.4-3.4]),
dizziness (23% vs 7%; aOR, 3.4 [95% CI, 2.6-4.4]),
brain fog (20% vs 4%; aOR, 4.5 [95% CI, 3.2-6.2]), and
gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms (25% vs 10%; aOR, 2.7 [95% CI, 2.2-3.4])


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)

Unpeer reviewed, unpublished data presented at a conference showed a weak positive result for HBOT.

"In the HBOT group, GLS increased significantly from –17.8% at baseline to –20.2% after HBOT. In the sham group, GLS was –17.8% at baseline and –19.1% at the end of the study, with no statistically significant difference between the two measurements."

No statistically significant difference means we do not know that HBOT works. Since the difference treatment and sham treamtent is negligible.

Conference News Article

Vitamin D and Long Covid

Long COVID sufferers  have lower 25(OH) vitamin D levels than matched patients without long COVID.

It remains to be seen if Vitamin supplementation will imporve LC symptoms. However, for those of us that are not making it outside much, vit D Supplementation is probabaly a good idea.

The Study

Sleep Apnea and Long Covid

People with sleep apnea are much more likely to develop Long Covid.

There is a lot of overlap between the symptoms namely fatigue, lack of energy, headache and memory loss.

Low Covid more likely if you live in a deprived area.

This UK based estimated the risk of Long COVID by socio- economic deprivation and to further examine the inequality by sex and occupation. To no great surprise it showed LC more likely if you work, in health care, education or social care.

"the odds of Long COVID are 46% higher on average for participants from the most deprived areas compared to those in the least deprived areas."

The Study

Clues to causes of long COVID

“The scientists found that levels of a particular set of proteins that are crucial in controlling the growth and activity of immune system cells were almost undetectable among individuals who had long COVID. As a result, the researchers suspect that lungs and other organs are unable to fully heal and fend off other illnesses after being infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.”

The Article

People with long COVID continue to experience medical gaslighting more than 3 years into the pandemic

"In January 2023, our team of researchers at the Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society published a research brief about how people seek out information about long COVID. The brief was based on a scoping review, a type of study that assesses and summarizes available research...."

The Article