People with long Covid face an uphill battle convincing skeptics their malady is real – but discrediting uncommon conditions is hardly a new phenomenon
After 12 days, Assaf closed the survey; by then, it had been filled out by 640 members. A deep trove of data now in hand, the fledgling research team went about analyzing it. Though it was never peer-reviewed and only included one traditional research scientist (Akrami), the report nevertheless featured a relatively sizable data set, sophisticated quantitative analysis, and a number of highly legible visualizations illuminating the group’s findings.
The report offered a number of stark revelations: for one, it blew open the notion that that illness was limited to the respiratory system. It listed 62 self-reported symptoms, including not only chest tightness, dry cough and elevated temperature but also brain fog, concentration issues, memory loss, dizziness, insomnia and even seizures. Over 90% of the respondents had not yet fully recovered. The group also found that the participants had less than a one-in-five chance of making a recovery by day 50 of their illness.
My comment: Wow, even an obviously intentionally shoddy attempt to dismiss Long Covid resulted in clear indication that it was real and serious.
I mean, seriously, you call 640 people "a deep trove of data"? And closed the survey after only 12 days? And it's not peer reviewed? You call the data set "relatively" sizeable? Sheesh.
Looks to me like an attempt to dismiss that's done shoddy so that when it finds something it can be dismissed as shoddy work and needs to be redone.