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195: Long COVID (w/Tara Haelle)


Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker

Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Philosophy, Spirituality, Society & Culture, Science

4.21.6K Ratings

🗓️ 29 February 2024

⏱️ 75 minutes

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In the early days of the pandemic, most of the cultural focus was on the necessity of quarantine measures and the distinction between mild and severe COVID infections. Yet by May 2020, some were experiencing the phenomenon of long COVID. Now understood as a post-acute infection syndrome, patients suffering from it have endured mockery, stigmatization, and accusations of lying. Nonetheless, support and patient advocacy groups have led the way, first in demanding medical and social recognition, and now in consulting with receptive researchers on diagnosis and treatment. We’re joined by science journalist Tara Haelle, whose work has appeared in Scientific American, NY Times, Washington Post, and more. She’s also the Infectious Disease Core Topic Leader at the Association of Health Journalists. Her work covering the pandemic, vaccines, and the Long COVID connection, which combines reporting on the latest science as well as writing from patients and patient advocates, has been indispensable in understanding this spectrum of diseases. Show Notes Possible contender for a Long COVID blood test RECOVER trial for Long COVID Treatments New Yorker on the Yale LISTEN Study LISTEN Study website 50% average lower prevalence in vaccinated people. Tara Haelle’s Long COVID Connection project. Opinion | Ed Yong: Reporting on Long Covid Taught Me to Be a Better Journalist - The New York Times Six Ways of Looking at Crip Time | Disability Studies Quarterly COVERING LONG COVID | Lygia Navarro The Sick Times Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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One thing that has to you have to keep in mind we're still learning about this virus and there's an irony to the fact that we've probably published more on SARS-Cove2 than most other viruses in the world and yet there's still so much we don't know. It's only been four years. That's like, you know, it's still a baby.


And so the prevailing hypothesis is there's multiple causes that overlap. I kind of think of it in a similar way as what we're learning to see even though it's a totally


different realm of medicine. autism or schizophrenia they're more like


syndromes or umbrellas where we used to think schizophrenia was a disease and we're now learning it's actually a spectrum of different diseases and there might be completely unrelated diseases. They just have similar symptoms. With the Purina One three week challenge I can see a visible difference.


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Prescription and delivery charges may apply. Hello everyone. Welcome to Conspiratoriality, where we investigate the intersection of conspiracy theories and spiritual influence


to uncover cults, pseudoscience, and authoritarian extremism.


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I'm Julian Walker.


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