Nine months in the long limbo of long covid

A description of what it’s like to suffer from “long Covid” by Ed Rooksby, a college lecturer and writer who died recently at the age of 45. I sincerely hope I do not get this horrible disease.

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Nearly 70,000 cases of covid infection were reported yesterday, 8th January. Of course that’s officially confirmed cases and the real number of infections will be much higher. A small but significant proportion of those people will go on to be hospitalised and a small but significant proportion of them will die in the next few days. As we are often reminded, as if to reassure us, most of these victims will be over 60 and/or have various ‘underlying medical conditions’, but there are at least a couple of important ways in which this narrative of reassurance is both troubling and misleading. First, this narrative, intentionally or not (and I think it often is intentional when seized upon by various covid deniers and ‘lockdown sceptics’) effectively relegates people over 60 and those with ‘underlying conditions’ (and the list of these conditions is much more extensive than people normally realise) to…

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2 thoughts on “Nine months in the long limbo of long covid

  1. katharineotto

    Who closed the comments on your last post, and why? Although I didn’t like the tone of some comments, interesting points were made. In fact, the internet, and mass media generally, has become spooky lately. It’s hard to know who or what may be interfering, or if the strange things are simply glitches in the software or hardware.

    In any case, Ed Rooksby’s personal account of his “long Covid” infection was thought provoking, but it also raised many questions. My personal reaction was that he was probably working too hard, and working out too hard so was allowing himself to get physically depleted. His body shut down in order to force him to rest. Of course, I can’t know this, but it does seem to me that the US needs this panic-demic in order to get a grip and to slow down.

    I heard on NPR recently that the Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, had to suspend a Georgia Jim Crow law against wearing masks in public, enacted because masks were associated with bandits. Now masks are almost mandatory in some states, but I wonder if they do much good.

    As an astrologer, I don’t believe in making predictions, but predictions are the mode these days. No one can predict the many possible outcomes of this situation, and it’s futile to try. Best to follow the age old wisdom of the mystics, to “Be here now.”

    The present is all we can count on.

  2. srogouski Post author

    Who closed the comments on your last post, and why?

    I did. It was one jackass spouting insults without making even a bad argument. Made little sense to keep it open.

    His body shut down in order to force him to rest.

    There’s absolutely nothing in his blog to indicate that. On the contrary, he’s very specific about his symptoms. Covid attacks your cardiovascular system. That’s why he couldn’t get enough circulation to his fingers.

    One day when I was out for a careful, short walk in the sun I noticed that that the fingers on my left hand felt swollen and uncomfortable – like the feeling you get when you come into the warm having been outside without gloves on a very cold day


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