LONG COVID CASES: The Dark Secret About COVID That People Aren’t Talking About

As good as the vaccines are at reducing hospitalization, they provide scant protection against Long COVID.   Experts expect that with each passing day, the number of Long COVID sufferers will increase, despite a reduced number of infections or hospitalizations.  Many in the public health arena believe that Long COVID may be the next big health crisis.

Editor’s note:  for any reader who is looking for facts to support not getting a COVID vaccine, you need not read any further.  This article explains why getting vaccinated is absolutely essential.  Literally, it is a no-brainer decision, because the SARS-cov-2 Omicron variant virus that is currently sweeping the country is far more contagious  than any variant we’ve seen since we were first invaded by this particular deadly coronavirus.   The key take-away point is that even if you get vaccinated, you may end up getting COVID and inadvertently transmitting the SARS-cov-2 virus to others.  But you definitely need to get vaccinated now, more than ever.

What Exactly Is Long COVID?

As described in the October 13, 2021 study,  COVID-19 syndrome or “long COVID is the term used to describe a myriad of diverse symptoms.   Among the most common are insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus and shortness of breath and a multitude of other illnesses.   Primarily, scientists are finding that COVID affects a multitude of organ systems.   So COVID survivors are now displaying brain, heart, liver, kidney, lung and vascular ailments, long past their recovery from COVID itself.  As noted in a Harvard Medical School blog post, some people who recover from COVID-19 are left with clear damage to their lungs, heart, kidney, or brain that may never be reversed.   A March 2024 survey conducted by the CDC revealed an “alarming” increase in Long COVID cases.  The agency estimated that as many as 17 million Americans were currently suffering from Long COVID.

In fact, one of the most compelling reasons why people over 65 should continue getting boosters is because of the increased threat of Long COVID with each instance of infection.  Recent evidence shows that even mild to moderate COVID-19 infection can negatively affect cognition, with changes similar to seven years of brain aging.

This syndrome can be intensely painful and hard to diagnose.  One of the most common mental health effects and challenges has been chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety, making it literally impossible for people to work, or even function.  Many Long-COVID suffers have turned to suicide, as the only relief from this unrelenting syndrome.

Most importantly, this syndrome is not limited to the unvaccinated.  There’s very little vetted evidence that suggests that vaccinated COVID cases — even ones who have no symptoms at all — are immune from Long COVID’s ravages.  Scientists are learning more each day about this condition and none of the news is good.

Global estimates for Long COVID cases exceeds 560 million — yes, that million.  And now, because of home testing, public health officials can only guess as to how many COVID cases have occurred, let alone how many of these people will get Long COVID.  The reason why this data lapse is so important is that scientists are finding out the prevalence of Long COVID among even asymptomatic COVID patients.  And the news is not good.   A recent study by Washington University suggests that your likelihood of having Long COVID are reduced by only 15% if you’ve been vaccinated.   Yes, it will substantially reduce your dying from COVID, but it provides scant protection against long-term (and possibly permanent) organ damage.

And here’s what might be the most disturbing part of Long COVID:  the breadth of damage it does to the human body.   So far, doctors have documented over 200 different symptoms of Long COVID affecting over 40 organs in the body.   Because it is a vascular disease, it impacts any part of the body that is linked to your circulatory system — meaning just about every part of your body.

More is Being Discovered About Long-COVID Syndrome…..and it’s Not Good

Compounding the problem caused by COVID is that even if vaccinated, you can get Long COVID.   That’s right — if you are vaccinated and you get a mild case or even have no symptoms at all, you can still fall victim to what is being called Long COVID. And the symptoms are nasty:

  • More than half of all patients reported weight loss, fatigue, fever or pain.
  • 30% of those who suffered from COVID-19 are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, sleep disorders or anxiety disorders
  • Roughly 20% experienced a decrease in mobility.
  • Nearly 25% experienced difficulty concentrating.
  • 60% had chest imaging abnormality and more than a quarter of patients had difficulty breathing.
  • Chest pain and palpitations were among the commonly reported conditions.
  • Nearly 20% of patients experienced hair loss or rashes.
  • Stomach pain, lack of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting were among the commonly reported conditions.

And while the definition of long-haul that the researchers used was no less than 6 months of symptoms, a large number of these symptoms lasted more than 6 months or are still on-going.   That number could be as high as 75%.   In a recent Lancet article,  researchers as many as three-quarters of Chinese COVID patients who recovered from COVID-19 reported experiencing at least one lingering symptom 6 months later.

A study published August 21, 2023 in the journal Nature Medicine found fallout from COVID-19 can persist even two years after infection. Another study found that nearly a quarter of COVID-19 patients in a Mount Sinai Health System registry experienced some issues with their memory.  Hospitalized patients did fare more poorly than unhospitalized ones:  the researchers found 39% of hospitalized patients had impairment in that area compared with 12% of outpatients.   Similar findings (about 30%) were verified by a U.S. study released in April 2022.

More recently, researchers determined that nearly one in three older adults with COVID-19 develops at least a long COVID health condition that needs medical attention in the months after initial infection.  In a study published on February 8 in the British Medical Journal, more than 133,000 adults age 65 and older diagnosed with COVID-19 before April 1, 2020 where studied.  Almost one-third of them reported additional symptoms that required medical treatment months after recovering from COVID.   This 30% number appeared again in another British study of children or adolescents who tested positive for COVID.   In that study, researchers found that 35.4% of participants who tested positive reported symptoms exhibited long COVID symptoms months later.  The most commonly reported symptoms among those who tested positive were tiredness (39%), headache (23.2%), and shortness of breath (23.4%).

In one of the more worrisome long COVID studies,  people who died of severe COVID-19 were found to have brain abnormalities that resemble changes seen in Alzheimer’s disease.  Autopsies of these patients showed abnormal amounts of the protein beta-amyloid that accumulates into amyloid plaques.

Still unknown is whether vaccinated patients have a lower rate of long COVID. But the study points to published information that about 20% of vaccinated patients had long-haul symptoms for 6 weeks or longer.

Our Bottom Line

We are recommending that for as long as COVID rates are high, anyone over 65 or suffering an immunological disease should be getting boosted,  wearing masks indoors, avoiding loud crowded events in which alcohol is served and staying vigilant physical distancing is essential in protecting from possible Long-COVID.  And, if you have been vaccinated and feel symptoms of an illness, you must immediately isolate and get tested.   Your life and those of your friends, co-workers and loved ones may well depend upon it.

1 thought on “LONG COVID CASES: The Dark Secret About COVID That People Aren’t Talking About”

  1. Thank you SO much for this article ! It espouses everything I’ve been trying to warn fam/ friends about ,backed by studies/ research links for months on FB..to no avail. I personally find it reprehensible & criminal that the CDC is no longer tracking / reporting cases of CovI’d except for hospitalization or death, making it an ” out of sight, out of mind ” issue for most ppl, all so they can regular life, I.e ” commerce”, putting lives at risk. Most states have even made masks a personal choice issue, no longer mandated, worsening the risk, esp to others, since , for most, they won’t get tested if they have little-moderate symptoms, which mimic colds or seasonal allergies.
    I also find it repulsive that ppl have to go down the rabbit-hole of the internet to discover the studies showing the REAL data on these fast-tracked vaccines poor efficacy rates, the damage the vaccines themselves are causing part of the population, (esp ones with undiagnosed hormone or auto-immune disorders) or the damage even a mild, non- symptomatic case of Covid can cause down the line.
    Getting a Dr to even listen to you or CONSIDER that new issues with one’s heart, brain or lungs, esp if accompanied by new personality changes could be to having contracted Covid. For example; fast onset ADD, Bipolar, Depression ,OCD or new cognitive issues, such as Depression, Suicidal thoughts, brain fog, name/word retrieval, face-blindness & a sharp decline in intelligence( to name just a few.) Esp for patients over 40, As soon as ANY Cognitive or personality issues get disclosed almost all Physicians immediately relegate your problems as ONLY psychological, not physiological & dismiss your insistence that your issues relate to having had Covid as media-induced hysteria or too much time on WebMD & the like.
    Even those without any psychological changes have a hard time getting Dr’s to do testing for physical changes on heart/ lung problems if your new symptoms aren’t acute, you’ve had no past medical problems with them or a detailed family history detailing them. Many ppl that DO get diagnosed with any of these issues also can’t prove that they are related to their having had Covid. You can find studies on ALL of these issues cropping up in formally healthy/mentally sound individuals ( But who’ve all had contracting Covid as a common denominator) on the internet, but ONLY if you do a deep- dive.


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