New York State Department of Health: State Department of Health Launches New Website and Audio Resources to Support New Yorkers With Long COVID

New York State Department of Health: State Department of Health Launches New Website and Audio Resources to Support New Yorkers With Long COVID. “As long COVID response efforts continue – in partnership with national and global health experts – the State’s new webpage offers information on what long COVID is, the symptoms, and how New Yorkers can prepare or seek treatment from healthcare providers…. To support New Yorkers currently struggling with long COVID, the website is also available in an audio format.”

NBC News: Black Covid long-haulers felt invisible to the health care system, so they formed their own support groups

NBC News: Black Covid long-haulers felt invisible to the health care system, so they formed their own support groups. ” Like most of the pandemic’s fallout, Black people are bearing the brunt of long Covid, with the group making up a majority of long Covid hospitalizations and researchers even projecting that Black people’s life expectancy will drop significantly in the next five years as a result. As a way to counter the troubling data, Black people have formed these support groups in hopes of making sense of the illness and to find the help they need.”

Open Medicine Foundation: Announcing Our Newest Center to Advance Medical Education

Open Medicine Foundation: Announcing Our Newest Center to Advance Medical Education. “Big news! Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is thrilled to announce the launch of our 7th funded Center: The OMF Supported Medical Education Resource Center (MERC) at Bateman Horne Center. In partnership with Bateman Horne Center, the MERC aims to increase the number of knowledgeable healthcare providers equipped to treat ME/CFS, Long COVID, and related multi-system chronic complex diseases (msCCD).”

Ars Technica: Autopsies suggest COVID’s smell loss is caused by inflammation, not virus

Ars Technica: Autopsies suggest COVID’s smell loss is caused by inflammation, not virus. “Although the loss of smell and taste became apparent symptoms of COVID-19 early in the pandemic, researchers are still working out why that happens—is the virus directly infecting and destroying the cells responsible for these critical senses, or is it collateral damage from our immune systems fighting off the invading foe? According to a postmortem study out this week in JAMA Neurology, it’s the latter.”

CNN: Long Covid-19 may remain a chronic condition for millions

CNN: Long Covid-19 may remain a chronic condition for millions. “Covid-19 has become a chronic condition for tens of millions of people — and an expensive one, as well. Long Covid — a condition marked by lingering symptoms that can involve multiple bodily systems — has cost a cumulative $386 billion in lost wages, savings and medical expenses in the US alone as of January, according to one estimate.”

TIME: Back-to-Office Pressure Is Creating a Crisis for Long COVID Patients

TIME: Back-to-Office Pressure Is Creating a Crisis for Long COVID Patients. “Millions of people in the U.S. have chronic illnesses or physical disabilities, and advocates have been calling for better workplace accommodations and federal disability policies since well before the pandemic. But two big changes in the workforce—an alarming number of newly disabled adults in the U.S. (many of them likely long-haulers) and millions of open jobs that need to be filled—may finally force companies to become more accommodating.”

NPR: Evidence grows that vaccines lower the risk of getting long COVID

NPR: Evidence grows that vaccines lower the risk of getting long COVID. “Unfortunately, the only sure way to avoid long COVID is not to catch the virus in the first place. But there is now a growing body of research that’s offering at least some reassurance for those who do end up getting infected — being fully vaccinated seems to substantially cut the risk of later developing the persistent symptoms that characterize long COVID.”

COVID-19: Understanding long COVID (Emory University)

Emory University: COVID-19: Understanding long COVID. “For some individuals, the road to recovery from COVID-19 is long. While most people recover from mild COVID-19 symptoms over the course of one to two weeks, ‘long-haul’ patients can suffer from lingering symptoms for months on end. This syndrome, called post-acute COVID-19 or ‘long COVID,’ can have devastating effects on the daily lives of millions of patients. To discuss what we know about long COVID, Jodie Guest, PhD, professor and vice chair of the department of epidemiology at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, teamed up with Alex Truong, MD, co-director of the post-COVID clinic at Emory’s Executive Park.”

The Global and Mail: What does ‘living with’ COVID-19 mean? HIV/AIDS activists offer lessons from pandemics past

The Globe and Mail: What does ‘living with’ COVID-19 mean? HIV/AIDS activists offer lessons from pandemics past. “What does it mean for a population to ‘live with’ COVID-19, in the long term? What can be done to temper the social divisions that persist around this virus? How do we deal with its lingering effects, including long COVID? Two years since the pandemic took hold, how do we calibrate risk and function alongside it? One population has significant experience with similar questions: gay men who either came of age during the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1990s or adapted in subsequent generations.”

A ‘tornado’ in the body: Battling long COVID, months after infection (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A ‘tornado’ in the body: Battling long COVID, months after infection. “While the pandemic may finally be easing in Western Pennsylvania, COVID-19 is not over for patients like Mr. [Joseph] Wheeler, who have what is known as long COVID. Most people who get COVID-19 recover within a few weeks, but others can develop new or lingering health problems that last for months after first catching the virus. For many of these long COVID patients, symptoms are debilitating or disruptive to daily life. Some can’t return to work or enjoy many of the activities they once did.”

ABC News: Inside woman’s long COVID battle as US marks 2nd anniversary of coronavirus pandemic

ABC News: Inside woman’s long COVID battle as US marks 2nd anniversary of coronavirus pandemic. “Nicole Wahler was in her mid-20s and in the best shape of her life when she tested positive for COVID-19 in June 2020. Now, nearly two years later, Wahler, 28, said she is still suffering from the effects of the virus, which to date has killed nearly 6 million people around the world.”