This is a great article by Ed Yong on long COVID. I wish all the people saying, “But the mortality rate is less than 1%” could be forced to read this. Also the article highlights some of the disconnects between academic science and patient care and the ethical issues this raises.
Despite long-haulers’ fight for recognition, any discussion of the pandemic still largely revolves around two extremes—good health at one end, and hospitalization or death at the other. This ignores the hinterland of disability that lies in between, where millions of people are already stuck, and where many more may end up. The coronavirus is here to stay, and even as vaccines diminish the threat of hospitalization and death, we don’t know yet how well they will protect against the disability of long COVID. The choice we make about how to study this condition will define the toll that SARS-CoV-2 takes for years to come.