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Links for 2020-12-28

  • I’m a consultant in infectious diseases. ‘Long Covid’ is anything but a mild illness | Long Covid | The Guardian

    With the excitement of the Covid vaccine’s arrival, it may be easy to forget and ignore those of us with “long Covid”, who are struggling to reclaim our previous, pre-viral lives and continue to live with debilitating symptoms. Even when the NHS has managed the herculean task of vaccinating the nation, Covid-19 and the new mutant variants of the virus will continue to circulate, leaving more people at risk of long Covid. Data from a King’s College London study in September suggested as many as 60,000 people in the UK could be affected, but the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics suggest it could be much higher.
    (via Shane Dempsey)

    (tags: via:sdempsey long-covid covid-19 health medicine)

  • Characterizing Long COVID in an International Cohort: 7 Months of Symptoms and Their Impact | medRxiv

    ‘From a cohort of 3762 Long COVID respondents, probability of symptoms lasting >35 weeks was 91.8%’; ‘Most frequent lingering symptoms reported after 6 months were: fatigue 77.7%, post-exertional malaise* 72.2% and cognitive dysfunction 55.4%.’

    (tags: long-covid covid-19 health medicine papers)

  • The carbon footprint sham

    BP created the concept of a ‘carbon footprint’ as a devious, manipulative PR tactic:

    A few years after BP began promoting the “carbon footprint,” MIT researchers calculated the carbon emissions for “a homeless person who ate in soup kitchens and slept in homeless shelters” in the U.S. That destitute individual will still indirectly emit some 8.5 tons of carbon dioxide each year. “Even a homeless person living in a fossil fuel powered society has an unsustainably high carbon footprint,” said Stanford’s Franta. “As long as fossil fuels are the basis for the energy system, you could never have a sustainable carbon footprint. You simply can’t do it.”

    (tags: carbon co2 bp emissions climate-change pr)

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