Risk/Reward of Avoiding Covid-19

Several studies, some posted and discussed here Biological Age Acceleration from Covid 19, have suggested that Covid 19 accelerates some aspects of aging persistently after infection.

One of the studies I find most salient for evaluating the risk of SARS-Cov-2 infection is this longitudinal study published in Nature The neurobiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which provides evidence that even a mild infection is associated with an accelerated decrease in brain volume.

I’m curious how other people are evaluating the risk associated with Covid-19 or other communicable illnesses for long term health and what if any risk mitigation interventions people are pursuing.

3 Likes

COVID should be avoided if at all possible. It has only detrimental effects on your health. Any illness does, but COVID is usually more damaging as it is a blood clotting disease. Extra precautions should be used to avoid contagion.

One of the simplest ways to prevent diseases is to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your pocket and sanitize after touching common things like gas pumps or door handles. Or just wear gloves and spray them down with disinfectant when done for the day.

3 Likes

No point in trying to avaoid the unavoidable. If you are healthy covid is nothing more than a mild cold Long covid doesn’t exist, only people that believe they had covid get it (regardless of wether or not they had covid). All the studies showing long term harm caused by covid are poorly executed retrospective studies (unhealthy and neurotic people get covid, unsurprisingly unhealthy people get a whole host of other health problems too and neurotic people test more frequently positve because they test way more often), sometimes even counting vaccinated individuals as vaccinated

long covid doesn’t exist:

Lomg covid is a mental illness. Just look on twitter and ask yourself why all the people on twitter complaining about long covid have a collection of these in their bio: pronouns, #blm, #fbpe, :rainbow_flag::transgender_flag::ukraine::ocean::mask::syringe::seedling::o: @mastodon

I don’t think a potentially life threatening illness should be treated flippantly. Disease can be prevented if you take proper precautions. Illness is not unavoidable. If it isn’t, what’s the point of this forum?

I am healthy, and COVID had me coughing up blood. I didn’t get long COVID, but I treated the disease quickly and aggressively with PAXLOVID which prevented it from getting worse. Any disease that kills millions of people within a year is not something to shrug off.

Yes, globally we have done remarkably well at building herd immunity and the disease is not as severe as it once was. However people still die from the disease.

Claiming that long COVID is a mental illness seems like an uninformed and ignorant idea. It’s like denying people with peanut allergies because you can eat a bag of peanuts. We all have unique and individual biologies and that should be respected and not denigrated.

4 Likes

It’s not a claim, it’s backed up by evidence. There’s actually more both psychotherapy and antidepressants are effective therapies for ling covid

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-45072-9

Hemoptysis is not uncommon in common colds either

Covid vaccine booster and influenza vaccine.

Shingles and pneumococcal vaccine is good too, there are threads on this.

2 Likes

Long COVID is often easily dismissed as a psychosomatic condition. Given what we now know about the effects of long COVID and its biological basis, it must be taken seriously.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(23)00493-2/fulltext

I think we will agree to disagree on this.

Yes, while coughing up blood can happen in a cold, it hasn’t happened to me during a cold. Any time blood is coming from an orifice where it shouldn’t, I take that seriously.

2 Likes

Nothing in that article actually proofs covid causes long covid. For many people it’s just easier to say they have long covid than to admit that they have mental problems or maybeveven are vaccine injured

Prevalence in Germany by “county”, just put it side by side with the German general elections…why do the antivax racist AFD voters not get long covid…

https://twitter.com/Karl_Lauterbach/status/1432027043018022915

What about the vaccine injured with long term problems? Do they have a mental illness too, in actuality?
If not, what’s the differentiation between vaccine and virus?

1 Like

Humans have dealt with respiratory viruses for eons and we evolved an innate and adaptive immune system to deal with them but never before have we been injected with lipid nanoparticles containing modified RNA and DNA fragments

1 Like