Women outnumber men for Long COVID by four to one, which is about the average across a range of made up illnesses:
"Hysteria is a mimetic disorder; it mimics culturally permissible expressions of distress"
This would explain the recent rash of affluent women in the press feeling "exhaustion" from imagined racism
Hysteria is neither created nor destroyed, merely transmuted into socially acceptable narratives
An imagined illness can create community and ritual in a world where we've lost most community and most rituals.
I wonder if hysterias are more common in industrialized societies, and in societies where women have fewer children?
How to explain the thousands of doctors who thought their empty hospitals were overwhelmed in 2020, or that their every patient was a political enemy?
Doctors are just people, and they too go mad in crowds
Latest data from UK shows "long COVID" is disproportionately found among the young, the white, and among females
This is despite COVID disproportionately killing old, non-white men
Still seems like a largely fake diagnosis.
Long-COVID self-report is related to P factor. But this study measured P factor afterwards, thus not conclusive as it could be LC -> P, instead of p -> LC.
Is there a longitudinal study somewhere? Add Health?
This study hasn't been published yet, but this article (translated from German) suggests Long COVID among the hospitalized is highly psychosomatic
Then there's the French study finding that many Long COVID sufferers never actually had COVID
Of course, Long COVID is real in the sense that any nasty bug can have sequelae, but the extent of Long COVID is greatly exaggerated
The investigators identified few pre-COVID-19 risk factors for PASC, e.g. a history of an anxiety disorder.
In contrast, there were no correlations between any of the diagnostic tests and the presence of PASC.
Speaking of probable fakeness of long-covid, there's a replication of that French paper using the same cohort but later dataset. Findings are the same. Anosmia (loss of smell) is the only thing associated with covid rather than belief in having had covid.
Inadvertently clever way of getting funding for nonsense: find an imaginary illness suffered by affluent white women, use this statistical implausibility as evidence for "disparities in care and access" for "people of color"
Long covid is the idiom in which affluent white women in 2022 cosplay as fragile heroines of Victorian novels. It's how one now says: 'my nerves are distressed', 'I need to take the waters', 'oh dear, pls send the good vicar round, tho of course never mind me if he's busy.'
A huge new study (millions of people) from the UK measuring the incidence of long covid symptoms, published in Nature:
5.4% in patients with a history of covid infection
4.4% in comparator patients with no history of covid
Amazing. They are appointing a fake woman to investigate a fake affliction:
Studies on sex differences in anxiety & depression "make it clear that we cannot assume that a female brain is the same as a male brain. They also reveal several mechanisms that can contribute to female vulnerability to anxiety and MDD."
"By being overcome involuntarily by an arbitrary affliction for which they cannot be held accountable, these possessed women gain attention and consideration and, within variously defined limits, successfully manoeuvre their husbands and menfolk."
Pre-print of our interventional pilot study (n=23) of Post-Acute Sequela of COVID (aka Long COVID) in pts without organ injury is released. All symptoms (eg, shortness of breath, fatigue, pain, GI, brain fog, pain interference, & more) improved with PSRT. medrxiv.org/content/10.110…