WHO: Vaccines won’t save us. We’ll have to learn to live with the virus

The World Health Organization has thrown in the towel and surrendered to Covid. The WHO have finally realised that Covid-19 vaccines aren’t going to save our asses, and they are now recommending that governments around the world learn to live with the virus. Yes, that’ll be the same virus that has already killed millions, disabled tens of millions, and infected hundreds of millions. Sars-CoV-2 is apparently something we can learn to live with though, just like the ebola virus, or polio, or smallpox, or the bubonic plague.

Welcome to the new normal!

Dr Hans Kluge:  “I think it brings us to the point that the aim of a vaccination is first and foremost to prevent more serious disease, and that’s mortality. If we consider that Covid will continue to mutate and remain with us, the way influenza is, then we should anticipate how to gradually adapt our vaccination strategy to endemic transmission and gather really precious knowledge about the impact of additional jabs,” he added.

Hans Kluge quotes from The Straitstimes.com article

The Daily Mail has gone into meltdown over this one:Covid vaccines won’t end pandemic and officials must now ‘gradually adapt strategy’ to cope with inevitable spread of virus, World Health Organization official warns

 

Kirsty Allsopp: We have to learn to live with Covid

 

** Just to be clear, there will be NO mild “endemic” phase of Sars-CoV-2.  Throwing in the towel now will condemn hundreds of millions to die because we haven’t got the backbone to make the sacrifices necessary. **

 

 

UK ONS: nearly one million people living with long covid symptoms

An estimated 970,000 people living in private households in the UK (1.5% of the population) were experiencing self-reported “long COVID” (symptoms persisting for more than four weeks after the first suspected COVID-19 infection that were not explained by something else) at 1 August 2021.

The estimates presented in this analysis relate to self-reported long COVID, as experienced by study participants who responded to a representative survey, rather than clinically diagnosed ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 syndrome in the full population.

Of people with self-reported long COVID, 817,000 (84%) first had (or suspected they had) COVID-19 at least 12 weeks previously, and 384,000 (40%) first had (or suspected they had) COVID-19 at least one year previously.

Symptoms adversely affected the day-to-day activities of 643,000 people (66% of those with self-reported long COVID), with 188,000 (19%) reporting that their ability to undertake their day-to-day activities had been “limited a lot”.

UK Office of National Statistics report

 

 

 

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Long Covid: 49% of patients still have at least one symptom after 12 months

1276 COVID-19 survivors were studied. The proportion of patients with at least one sequelae symptom decreased from 68% at 6 months to 49% at 12 months. The proportion of patients with dyspnoea slightly increased from 26% at 6-month visit to 30% at 12-month visit. Additionally, more patients had anxiety or depression at 12-month visit.  Matched COVID-19 survivors at 12 months had more problems with mobility, pain or discomfort, and anxiety or depression, and had more prevalent symptoms than did controls.

Lancet article: 1-year outcomes in hospital survivors with COVID-19: a longitudinal cohort study

 

 

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Britain surrenders to the coronavirus

“We can’t control the spread of the virus. The virus is doing what it’s doing and we have to react to that”.

 

 

Just yesterday…

Children to spearhead Britain’s winter offensive against the coronavirus

France: Brain damage found in paediatric long covid cases

For the first time, the cerebral reality of the long form of the Covid-19 is demonstrated in children. Seven young patients suffering from persistent symptoms were explored by functional imaging (PET-scan) in the nuclear medicine department of the Timone hospital, headed by Pr Guedj. “The complaints of these children can not simply be explained by psychological and psychiatric disorders”, believes the specialist who has already identified, identically, this brain damage in adult patients, and who today favors the ‘hypothesis of inflammation of the brain, at the time of infection with SARS-CoV-2, to explain, in a subgroup of patients, the very long-lasting symptoms: “There is real brain damage. We cannot sum it up to something purely functional. “

“During the first wave, 17% of children and Covid-positive adolescents have developed a long Covid”

Paris Match report (in French)

Preprint: Similar patterns of [18F]-FDG brain PET hypometabolism in paediatric and adult patients with long COVID: a paediatric case series

 

Preprint: SARS-CoV-2 trafficking between brain and lung

Preprint: SARS-CoV-2 trafficking between brain and lung

“Autopsies showed normal gross brainstem anatomy. Histopathological examination demonstrated increased neuronal and CA damage in Covid-19 patients’ medulla oblongata. Immunohistochemistry disclosed SARS-CoV-2 NP in brainstem neurons and glial cells, and in cranial nerves. Glial elements also exhibited a widespread increase in Iba-1 expression. Sars-CoV-2 was immunohistochemically detected in the vagus nerve fibers.”

Brainstem neuropathology in two cases of COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 trafficking between brain and lung

 

 

Sars-CoV-2 – checkmate to the virus in four moves

 

 

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Shi Zhengli: We need to learn to live with the virus

Shi Zhengli, China’s ‘Bat Woman’, has said that new variants of Sars-Cov-2 will continue to emerge, but that vaccines are ‘effective’.  “We shouldn’t panic, but we need to prepare to co-exist with the virus in the long term,” Shi told media on Wednesday.

Globaltimes.cn report

 

 

UK: 5% of children hospitalized with Covid-19 develop brain or nerve complications

A new UK study has found that around 1 in 20 of children hospitalised with COVID-19 develop brain or nerve complications linked to the viral infection. The research, published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health and led by the University of Liverpool, identifies a wide spectrum of neurological complications in children and suggests they may be more common than in adults admitted with COVID-19.

ScienceDaily.com report

 

Kirsty Allsopp: We have to learn to live with Covid

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Dominic Minghella on “Learning to live with Covid”

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Kit Yates on “We have to learn to live with the virus”

Over to you Kirsty….

Kirsty Allsopp: We have to learn to live with Covid

Kirsty Allsopp: We have to learn to live with Covid

Learn to live with Covid?

We’ll be adding more reasons why it’s impossible to learn to live with Covid here as more and more people become fascinated by this glib solution to a raging pandemic.

#learntolivewithcovidindeed

 

Covid-19 Map courtesy of JHU

 

WHO: Vaccines won’t save us. We’ll have to learn to live with the virus

USA: Joe Biden says Covid long haulers will have access to disability protections

US President Joe Biden says Covid long haulers will have access to disability protections – the first world leader to do the right thing on this issue.  After yesterday’s video conference with Survivor_Corps where long Covid survivors and their families gave extraordinarily harrowing accounts of their situations (see below), let’s hope Joe Biden is as good as his word.  We are all soldiers in a war against an unseen enemy that has taken millions of lives already, with millions more to come.  Let’s leave no soldier behind.

PBS.org report

USA: Long covid patient engagement and care needs

Israel: We have to learn to live with Covid

“We all need to change our thinking and draw a road map for living with Covid,” says Dr. Manfred Green.   We disagree, and we will be explaining why we disagree in a post later.

Editors note: This report comes just 48 hours after our warning that Boris Johnson’s government was proposing to his countrymen that they should also “learn to live with Covid” (see original post below).

Have you ever wondered what happens when you search for “We have to learn to live with Ebola”? Try it.

It’s an idea so insane that only one person in recorded history has actually written it down.

 

We have to learn to live with Covid.

We have to learn to live with Covid.

“Learning to live with Covid” will be coming to your country soon. Be prepared.

 

Boris Johnson tells Britons to “learn to live with Covid

 

UK: Third Covid-19 wave is the worst yet