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United States: Government Memorandum on Addressing the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Discussion in 'Long Covid news' started by Laurie P, Aug 3, 2022.

  1. Laurie P

    Laurie P Established Member (Voting Rights)

    New England, USA
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  2. Hutan

    Hutan Moderator Staff Member

    Aotearoa New Zealand
    Seems pretty significant in terms of recognising there is a problem.

    From the memorandum:
    It's a shame the first two symptoms of Long Covid are anxiety and depression though. And that Long Covid is seen as a 'new condition'.

    I guess it's good that the 'mental health crisis exacerbated by the pandemic' is seen as additional to Long Covid. But it's a shame the answer to 'the effects of social isolation, sickness, economic insecurity, increased caregiver burdens, and grief' is automatically seen to be an expansion of access to community-based behavioural health services. Because last time I looked, CBT sessions didn't do much for economic insecurity and increased caregiver burdens.
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  3. rvallee

    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    The report was published yesterday. Haven't looked yet.

    Someone noticed, and I can confirm (check the PDF document properties), that this report repurposed a previous report on Lyme disease as template, showing how none of this is new.

    It's such a well-documented issue that there are so many prior reports saying the exact same things (there is one from public health authorities in Quebec and who knows in how many healthcare systems), it's better to simply use them as a starting point. For a "brand new" and "unexpected" never-before-seen (as otherwise how can it be excused to miss it all over again?):

    Kind of fitting that it's about Lyme, which for some reason makes people more angry than they usually are with us, a solid lesson that this was never, ever, about not being able to research a specific pathogen, it was always a failure of will and basic professionalism.
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