December 7, 2021

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Independence Day and long covid

US, 4th July

67% of adults, at least one dose

47% fully vaccinated

48 million on the move

Friday, TSA, 2,196,411 passengers


May, delta = 5.6%

Now, delta = 35.6%

President Biden


Visiting places of worship

Getting shots to local doctors and medical experts

Our fight against this virus is not over

Right now, as I speak to you, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected

And because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk

The people that they care about are at risk

National ABC poll

29% percent say they are not likely to get vaccinated

20% definitely not

Democrats, 86% have received at least one dose

Republicans, 45%

Likely to do so

Another 7% of Democrats

Another 4% of Republicans

Risks of Long Covid

Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks.

But for some people, symptoms can last longer.

The chances of having long-term symptoms does not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first get COVID-19.

People who had mild symptoms at first can still have long-term problems.

Common long COVID symptoms

extreme tiredness (fatigue)
shortness of breath
chest pain or tightness
problems with memory and concentration ("brain fog")
difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
heart palpitations
pins and needles
joint pain
depression and anxiety
tinnitus, earache
feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste

Chris Whitty on long Covid likely to increase significantly

Since there’s a lot of Covid at the moment and the rates are going up I regret to say I think we will get a significant amount more long Covid, particularly in the younger ages where the vaccination rates are currently much lower.

Fundamentally the two ways to prevent long Covid in my view are to keep Covid rates right down and make sure everyone is vaccinated so they get very mild disease and I think we really just need to push hell for leather for those two.

The deaths from Covid I think are mercifully going to be much lower in this wave compared to the previous ones as a proportion of cases but long Covid remains, I think, a worry.

We don’t know how big an issue it’s going to be but I think we should assume it’s not going to be trivial.

Long covid

N = 45,096

1.2 million anonymous GP records

Cannot carry on as normal after 12 weeks

20 year olds, 1.2%

Middle age, 4.8%

Imperial College London, REACT study

N = 508,707

One symptom = 5.75%

Three symptoms = 2.22%


Population, 270 million

5.14% fully vaccinated

June 28, Sinovac shot to children aged 12 to 17


Red Cross, Indonesia was on the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe

Health system headed toward collapse

End of June, hospitals turning away critically ill patients

Oxygen, $50 up to $130 per tank

Java, Dr. Sardjito General Hospital in Yogyakarta city

Saturday to Sunday, 63 deaths from oxygen shortage

Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin

Indonesia has, seen a dramatic increase in confirmed cases after the festive holidays

This variant hits everyone — not only children, but also adults

If we compare with the previous wave, the number of confirmed cases increased significantly faster for both adults and children

Save the Children, children 12% of total cases

Field hospital, stadium in Jakarta, 5,000 beds

Dino Satria, Save the Children in Indonesia

We desperately need more vaccines — that’s the bottom line

We hope the international community is listening.

Without urgent action, many more children and adults will die

Vaccine gap

Professor Anthony Harnden
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

The data suggests very strongly that the longer you leave that second dose, the better longer term protection you will have

There is a sort of sweet spot from about eight weeks onwards, and we wouldn’t advise anybody to really have the second dose before then

Source: Dr. John Campbell

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