For some district residents with long COVD, there has been no recovery from the pandemic — persistent and often debilitating symptoms ranging from fatigue and brain fog to joint pain, palpitations and gastrointestinal distress. Many continue to struggle with health issues months or years after becoming infected — and the devastating effects on their relationships, livelihoods, and overall quality of life.
However, you wouldn’t know it from DC’s current state of reduced COVID-19 protocols. DC schools continue to not require masking and implement abbreviated quarantine protocols despite rising COVID cases. And the city doesn’t require masks indoors.
To the Norma, a resident of Ward 1 who narrated it city newspaper Last August, when her personal life had changed since her family contracted COVID and her husband developed severe long-term symptoms, the pandemic is far from over. she says city newspaper this morning that her family is fully vaccinated and continues to wear masks outside. But the problems have not gone away. Her husband, who developed arthritis and other conditions after contracting COVID-19, has only gotten worse, she says. Her son, who became depressed during the pandemic, has had increasing problems at school and Norma believes lingering COVID symptoms are to blame.
Scientists have shed light on these issues and may get closer to understanding the long COVID and the limitations of vaccines. Results of a large study published in naturopathy on Wednesday, which looked at the protection offered by COVID vaccines against months of COVID symptoms, disappointed researchers and public health officials post reports.
The Department of Veterans Affairs study, covering the period prior to the Omicron pandemic between January 1 and October 31, 2021, analyzed the records of 33,940 people who had breakthrough infections after taking two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of vaccines received from Johnson & Johnson (the effect of booster shots has not been studied) alongside a control group. Overall, vaccinated people had only a 15 percent reduced risk of long-term illness from COVID. They showed the greatest reduced risk of blood clotting and lung disease, but no difference in long-term risk of developing neurological or gastrointestinal problems, kidney failure, or other complications.
“I was hoping to see vaccines offer more protection, especially given that vaccines are our only line of defense these days.” Ziyad Al-AlyLead Author and Chief of Research and Development Services at VA Saint Louis Health Care System, explains post.
The study is considered the largest peer-reviewed analysis of long-COVID in the US based on medical records. Ever since they were widely accepted by the medical community – after many “long-distance riders” were dismissed by doctors who were convinced their symptoms were psychosomatic – COVID symptoms and the potential protection of vaccines against longer-term illnesses have long been studied around the world, to many conflicting Results. This study, while extensive, only adds to the debate.
What’s not up for debate, after much advocacy from long-distance drivers and allies and narratives from local residents like Norma, is how some people’s bodies are experiencing the pandemic differently than others.
– Ambar Castillo (Tips? [email protected])
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Through Ambar Castillo (Tips? [email protected])