Great Covid Myths: #28 ‘Long Covid’
Is it really 'Long Covid' - or simply Long Vaxx or Long Masking?
In a very crowded field of Covid myths, ‘Long Covid’ is steadily marching up the charts. "Havoc", we are told by the government’s poodle media, is being “wreaked on Australia's economy, with droves of people forced out of the workplace” because of ‘Long Covid’, according to 9News which commissioned a report from the Commonwealth Treasury finding that “31,000 Australians were off work every day in June with the debilitating condition”. This absenteeism accounted for 12% of all time off work ‘because of Covid’. ‘Long Covid’ caused the aggregate loss of some three million working days in the first six months of 2022, they claim.
‘Long Covid’ can last for two years or more, we are warned, and, so dire is the situation, that ‘Long Covid’ specialist clinics have been opened in three of Australia’s six states (New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia), and in the Australian Capital Territory, to meet this latest Covid challenge.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a case of Long Covid Scepticism so when the government, and its tame media mouthpieces, which between them conjured up a faux pandemic, now try to gin up the waning hysteria around ‘Covid’, my scepticism kicks in again about this latest concocted variant of Covid derangement. I truly hope that ‘Long Covid’ goes the way, i.e. straight into the codswallop bin, of all the other Great Covid Myths like super-scary fatality rates, surface transmission, asymptomatic transmission, six feet of separation, busted natural immunity, and, of course, the ‘safe and effective’ vaxx.
For starters, Treasury, in keeping with the grand government tradition of hiding all their Covid figurin’ from inquisitive eyes, have not released any information on their study, so the authoritative-sounding figures cited to make us all fret can stumble at any number of hurdles.
Like, how was ‘Covid’ defined? Presumably, it was from a positive PCR or RAT/LFT test but the PCR is notorious for producing junk results i.e. false positives north of 90%, especially if the amplification cycle is 35 or higher. The DIY RAT/LFT is even less valid, if that is possible. Or was ‘having Covid’ left up to the study’s subjects to simply self-report whether they thought they had had Covid? We don’t know and Treasury aren’t telling. Like almost everything data-wise from the public health debacle around Covid, the basic statistics are vague, ill-defined, unreliable, highly subjective and ideally suited to political manipulation by keeping a confected panic afloat on updrafts of statistical nothingness because so many political, government, bureaucratic, media and academic reputations depend on keeping up appearances of a terrible and unique plague without owning up to it being their invention which they nurtured through their cockamamie regime of lockdowns, restrictions and coercive mass-jabbing.
If ‘Covid’ data is a dog’s breakfast of unreliability, then ‘Long Covid’ data is even more up the spout. ‘Long Covid’ is (ill)defined by the Treasury report as the persistence, for three months or more, of symptoms like fatigue, tiredness, headaches, seizure disorders, ‘brain fog’, dementia, mental health conditions, shortness of breath, cough, hoarse voice, problems with memory and concentration, changes to taste and smell, joint and muscle pain, sleep problems, numbness or pins-and-needles, rash, changes in mood (anxiety, depression, stress), chest pain or tightness, heart pounding/palpitations, low-grade fever and reduced appetite.
Tiredness? Headache? Shortness of breath? – well, take your goofy face-nappy off, for goodness sake! The wretched facemask is capable of producing some of the conditions listed as ‘Long Covid’. These harmful health effects of masking include toxic acidification (which is damaging to the immune system), a rise in stress hormones, nausea, decline in cognitive performance, and increased anxiety and depression. Starving your body and brain of oxygen and overloading on CO2 will tend to do that. In Germany, for example, a study of 26,000 children who wore masks for an average of five hours a day found that 60% experienced irritability, 53% headaches, 50% difficulty concentrating, 42% ‘malaise’, 49% unhappiness, and 37% drowsiness/fatigue. It is those who are most obsessive about Covid, and thus most predisposed to believe the worst concerning ‘Long Covid’, who are just the sort of people to be wearing the stupid mask and thus mistakenly attributing its negative effects to ‘Long Covid’.
The maskers are also the people who most eagerly raced out to get the gene juice and its top-ups and this gunk can also produce many of the long-term symptoms that Treasury so casually ascribe to ‘Long Covid’. Big Pharma, remember, lied to us by saying that the in-house, body-production of toxic spike protein only lasts for a couple of weeks and stays in the deltoid muscle after which it all goes away and can cause no harm but which we now know goes on a grand tour of the body, stopping at all organs, facilitated by the polyethylene glycol which coats the lipid nanoparticles enabling them to escape extermination by the body’s immune defences.
We were also possibly lied to about the goo not reverse-transcribing into DNA and thus producing a toxin, and its resultant symptoms, forever because it has permanently altered your genetic blueprint. As we are also learning, the jabs play merry hell with the injectee’s immune system leaving them open to repeated Covid infections and all sorts of other viral infections, including reactivating dormant viruses like the varicella virus that causes childhood chickenpox but which suddenly flares up again as shingles in adults. Yet, all of this increased chance of winning a prize in the viral lottery goes down in the Covid dataset as ‘Long Covid’.
The official reticence on the Covid jabs being the culprit behind ‘Long Covid’, is well-reflected in The Conversation, long an academic fortress of Covid hysteria, which is eagerly documenting the growth of “Facebook support groups for Covid survivors” battling their long-haul symptoms, amongst a plethora of other ‘victim’ advocacy groups, including montages of ‘sufferers’ holding up placards to visualise their struggle (The Conversation doesn’t do the montage thing for the genuine victims of the Covid, let alone any other, jabs – funny, that).
Psychology can also explain much of ‘Long Covid’. In an environment of media obsession with Covid, the psychological mechanism of ‘confirmation bias’ would predispose people who are feeling poorly to think their continuing unwellness is a case of ‘Long Covid’ rather than the result of other causes. It will take more than pictures in the media of tired looking people lying on the sofa and looking despondent with a wrist to their foreheads to make ‘Long Covid’ real.
The likely lack of substance to ‘Long Covid’ as a clinically distinct entity is well illustrated in a number of studies such as that of 1,560 secondary school pupils in Germany in 2021 which found that there was no statistically significant difference between the self-reported prevalence of ‘Long Covid’ symptoms (“difficulties concentrating, memory loss, listlessness, headache, abdominal pain, myalgia/arthralgia, fatigue, insomnia and negative moods)” for people who were found to be sero-positive i.e. having ‘first-responder’ IgG antibodies to the virus (longer-lasting memory T and B-cells produce IgA antibodies) and those who were sero-negative. So, having ‘had Covid’ made no difference to having ‘Long Covid’ - riddle me that!
The UK government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) also suggests that more than half of those who report ‘Long Covid’ might not actually have it and could simply be experiencing any number of routine health conditions. From 27,000 people who tested positive, the ONS reports, 5% reported at least one symptom 3-4 months later but that figure was, again, not statistically different from the 3.4% of people who had not tested positive but who reported the same ‘Long Covid’ symptoms. So ‘Long Covid’ was equally present in those who never had Covid! The ONS researchers suggested that such common ‘Long Covid’ symptoms had more to do with the then-still-extant lockdowns, and their by now well-documented deleterious effects on mental health and physical well-being, than anything to do with any alleged Covid infection.
That said, and, for the sake of argument, accepting that Covid is for real and not just a rebranding of cold or flu, ‘Long Covid’ may simply be the unpleasant but run-of-the-mill post-viral syndrome (PVS) which the unlucky few contract after getting the common cold, the flu, pneumonia, Epstein-Barr, herpes, etc. Who hasn’t had a cold that they just couldn’t shake for weeks on end, or a flu that seems to take forever to resolve all its symptoms? PVS is much more likely in those with stressed immune systems so those whose natural defence system has been repeatedly holed below the waterline by the multiple jabs are thus more likely to experience longer-lasting symptoms of a range of more readily acquired viral infections (including SARS-CoV-2) but which are all bundled erroneously together under the ‘Long Covid’ label because it is pandemic flavour of the month.
SARS-CoV-2 is in no way an exceptional virus giving rise to an unprecedented long-haul symptoms. The tearing-the-hair-out theory of Covid exceptionalism which got us into the lockdown, masking, social distancing and mass vaxxing mess is a complete furphy when it comes to ‘Long Covid’.
All up, ‘Long Covid’ is a mighty convenient cover-up for the damage caused by the hysterical overreaction (specifically the health harms of lockdown, masking and jabbing) to an unexceptional virus, whilst also serving as a handy post-hoc justification for the disastrous decisions of our mad policy-makers. ‘Long Covid’ should more appropriately be regarded as ‘long vaccine’ or ‘long masking’, or simply routine post-viral syndrome (albeit quantitatively magnified by the immune system damage done by the dangerous and failing jabs). ‘Long Covid’ is just more manure-spreading by the lying Covid authorities to keep their fear jalopy juddering along so they never have to admit to intellectual error and certainly never to monumentally disastrous policy error.
So where does the Long Covid wheeze end up policy-wise? The lead author (Professor Terence Stephenson) of a study from University College London (yes, the home of the maniac modellers who stoked the original Covid ‘pandemic’ fires) recently told BBC Radio that “we can’t trivialise this [Long Covid]” and that more school closures and vaxx mandates should remain in the policy toolkit. The good professor is obviously part of an extremist ‘public health’ faction in academia and government which is desperate to cling onto their power and influence which manifests itself in ongoing ‘health interventions’ (masking, vaxx mandates, and other useless and damaging voodoo science).
This faction and all their devoted acolytes who made the terrible decision to treat Covid as exceptional, and thus warranting interventions that were not only useless but destructive of the economy and society, will never want to admit error and ‘Long Covid’ offers them a reputational lifeline (‘see how right we were about this modern plague’).
In practical terms, more taxpayers’ money will be wasted by governments on useless ‘Long Covid’ (or common cold management) clinics (‘see, we are doing something!’) whilst the only real winner (spoiler alert!) will be Big Pharma who are even now exploring the ‘Long Covid’ pathway to ever more revenue. Their Covid ‘vaccines’ (and, in Australia, Monash University will now be hosting a Moderna vaccine factory) showed the way and now treatments to manage (but never cure) their vaxx-caused injuries will be a nice little earner.
‘Long Covid’ - Heads, Big Pharma wins. Tails, you lose.
Postscript: Previous poll results
In the end it was no contest – ‘The Big Stupid Lie of the Covid Vaxx’, with 62% of the readers’ vote from my last post, was easily the winner of ‘the absolutely worst thing about the era of Covid derangement’. ‘The Stupid Mask’ was a valiant second in collecting 23% of the vote but the Covid vaxx is hereby declared a worthy winner for the most damaging, lying Covid stupidity.
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