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The Medical System Should Have Been Prepared for Long COVID

The Medical System Should Have Been Prepared for Long COVID

Collage by Cathryn Virginia | Image from GettyCOVID long haulers have been breathlessly covered, but there’s nothing surprising about medically unexplained symptoms—or the reaction to them.Răzvan Filip“Every virus has a post-viral syndrome. In a global pandemic we’re going to have a certain number of patients present with a post-viral syndrome, and shame on us for not being ready.”“In medicine, the leap between ‘doctor doesn’t know’ and ‘problem is in the mind’ is instant,” O’Leary told me. “They are the same thing.”“She presented with a verbal flood of symptoms, and they weren’t very...

Mar 18
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Polling Has a 98 Percent Chance of Being Bad for You

Polling Has a 98 Percent Chance of Being Bad for You

 In 2016 and 2020, Americans were hard pressed to escape election polls. From the whiplash of —“the polls are fake,” (Oct. 13) “poll numbers looking very strong,” (Oct. 16)—to news coverage saturated with the latest findings, the ever-shifting numbers were omnipresent. On Election Day, everyone watched in real time to see how predictions were lining up with exit polls.But on the eve of the 2017 French presidential election, French citizens had to look internationally for their fix of data. A 32-hour legally enforced blanket of silence around the election fell over the country at midnight,...

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