While I think some claims of Long-Haul COVID are perhaps erroneous, nothing in my lifetime ever did a 'job' on me like this. Still, I think that real LHC is probably around 5% and at most 10% of patients. Those most likely to notice it will be people in the prime of health/fitness, as I was prior to infection. Others in less fit condition have a less-clear-cut reference versus their prior condition, making it fuzzier.
Below, maybe there is something here that will help others shorten the time to recovery. But my sense is that systemic damage from COVID takes a very long time for the body to repair, and only with excellent nutrition and lots of sleep and minimizing all stresses on the body and mind.
Even recovery that leaves things just 1% below before can mean becoming non-competitive for an athlete. In my case, I can say objectively (bicycle power meter) that I am still a huge ~15-20% below my former ability (18 months ago), so I have a long way to go. I hope that over another year I can get back to where I was. But at least no more brain fog and ultra-severe fatigue and aches/pains, etc—those things seem to be gone now.
2021-11-27, by Joseph Mercola
Long COVID, also known as long-haul COVID, chronic COVID, or long-haul syndrome, refers to symptoms that persist for four or more weeks after an initial COVID-19 infection. Board-certified internist and cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough discusses potential treatments for long-haul COVID in an interview with Dr. Al Johnson posted on YouTube, including which tests may be necessary and when to seek emergency medical care.
Signs and symptoms of long COVID, which persist for four weeks or more after you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, include fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, coughing, joint pain, chest pain, memory or concentration problems, sleep problems, muscle pain or headache, a fast or pounding heartbeat, the loss of smell or taste, depression or anxiety, fever, dizziness when you stand, or worsened symptoms after physical or mental activities.
[WIND: I’ve bolded all the stuff I experienced personally for a month or more at 2+ months out from recovery from infection]
These symptoms are a result of damage to the following body systems: pulmonary/lungs, immune/allergy, mitochondria/energy system, heart, or central/peripheral nervous system.
According to McCullough, a paper that was presented by Dr. Bruce Patterson at the International COVID Summit in Rome, Sept. 12 to Sept. 14, shows that in “individuals who’ve had significant COVID illness, 15 months later the s1 segment of the spike protein is recoverable from human monocytes.”
“That means the body literally has been sprayed with the virus and it spends 15 months, in a sense, trying to clean out the spike protein from our tissues. No wonder people have long COVID syndrome,” he said.
Neurologic syndromes also occur in long COVID, although they aren’t well described. Symptoms include joint and muscle pain, headaches, brain fog, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Some people also have changes in the autonomic nervous system, such as an elevated heart rate and sensory neuropathies, including numbness and weakness in the legs.
[WIND: absolutely, most of these things for many months, plus hugely increased sleep needs]
COVID’s Effects Versus Vaccine Effects
McCullough detailed the non-fatal syndromes that are occurring after COVID-19 vaccinations, which cause symptoms similar to that of long COVID in many cases. The vaccine-induced syndromes fall into four areas: cardiac, neurological, immunologic, and hematologic.
[WIND: see the article for more. It’s plausible but I take no position on the claims at this time]
WIND: while I cannot speak to all the specific claims in the article (some are surely true, others unsubstantiated and perhaps sketchy), I do think that viruses in general can wreak havoc, including causing cancers and disrupting all sorts of systems in the body.
I don’t think that any credible doctor disputes that the COVID vaccines can cause damage, sometimes severe or fatal. The issue is how often. IMO the whole thing has been very poorly studied, to the point of incompetence and willful negligence.
I advise anyone recovering from COVID to allow at least 3 months before resuming any hard athletic training or heavy work schedule.
I also think that introducing the spike protein into the body via the vaccines does indeed carry some of the risks of COVID itself. But how that risk balances against COVID itself is NOT at all obvious in many cases, such as for young healthy people and especially children where the risk seems high relative to reward. This is the Big Lie of the whole farce—one-size-fits-all medical malpractice, which never has and never will be appropriate in medicine.