COVID Omicron Updates

Vaccination does not necessarily protect against Long COVID

“[V]accination does not appear to be protective against .. long-COVID features, arrhythmia, joint pain, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, sleep disorders, and mood and anxiety disorders.” Pre-print study from Oxford University

Sounds like getting 2+ shots does protect against some things though 💪

Caveat: Nature says Long COVID studies should include controls to confirm causation which many do not

Frankly I’m a little 👀 at anyone who’s denying that Long COVID is a real thing at this point, especially given that it’s more prevalent in women and women’s health concerns have a long history of being dismissed.

Tons of people with mild COVID will get Long COVID in some form

Congressional attending physician estimates that even 3+ shot mild cases could lead to 6-12 months of Long COVID disability – “A “reasonable estimate” is that 6% to 10% of cases could end up that way”

Long COVID really sucks:

COVID deaths are being under-counted

Indiana life insurance CEO says deaths are up 40% among people ages 18-64

“And what we saw just in third quarter, we’re seeing it continue into fourth quarter, is that death rates are up 40% over what they were pre-pandemic,” [Davison] said.

“Just to give you an idea of how bad that is, a three-sigma or a one-in-200-year catastrophe would be 10% increase over pre-pandemic,” he said. “So 40% is just unheard of.”

Shifting from pandemic to endemic means deciding on an acceptable number of deaths


By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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