LONG HAULERS

In a recent internet article, Dr. Lydia Segal starts by stating, “What I write today is true today. New information is rapidly emerging and updates are forthcoming when relevant.”  No, I don’t think Lydia is related to me but, after reading her article, I would gladly claim her as a relative if I could.

Dr. Segal’s article is about “long Covid or long haulers,” a poorly understood entity wherein people who have recovered from Covid have persistent symptoms greater than 28 days post infection.  Their symptoms last 4-6 months on average and may be improved with the administration of mRNA vaccines.

Despite over 550,000 deaths from Covid, despite the existence of long haulers, despite post Covid depression and PTSD, there exists a large group of individuals who continue to believe that Covid is a governmental hoax perpetrated on the worlds’ population for some nebulous reason.  Some of these individuals are my friends. The only thing I know for sure is that Covid is real.

Covid is unlike any virus I’ve ever seen and is extremely dangerous.  Being vaccinated against Covid is critical and the doubters who spew their garbage theories on the internet could be labeled as bioterrorists.  My fear is that negative publicity surrounding the J&J vaccine will be used by the doubters to dissuade individuals from getting vaccinated.

Those of you who got their yearly influenza vaccine in my office will remember reading and signing an informed consent form prior to being vaccinated.   If you were one of the few who read the form, you will remember that 1 in 1,000,000 patients receiving the vaccine would get Guillian Barre Syndrome and that GBS was fatal in a number of cases.  I never had a patient refuse the flu shot because of the 1 in 1,000,000 life threatening risk.  The risk of the J&J vaccine is miniscule; and taking the J&J vaccine, if it is your only choice, is certainly acceptably according to NIH.

I wish Covid was an elaborate farce. It is not. Covid is a nasty adversary.  Please don’t let your guard down.  Get vaccinated!  The life you save may be your own.

Here’s today’s joke:

A woman told her friend, “I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising.” She said, “So, I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the

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