Australian Gov’t Bombshell: “Long COVID Is a Fake Illness”

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Australian government declare that Long COVID is a fake illness that doesn't exist.

The Australian government has officially announced that “long COVID” is no longer considered a real illness and has instructed doctors to stop using the misleading phrase.

Government-funded medical researchers in Australia say it’s time to stop legitimising “long COVID”, which became popular after large numbers of hypochondriacs began reporting vague symptoms such as fatigue and general anxiety during the pandemic.

“We believe it is time to stop using terms like ‘Long COVID’,” declared Dr. John Gerrard, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer.

“They wrongly imply there is something unique and exceptional about longer term symptoms associated with this virus,” he added.

Nypost.com reports: This terminology can cause unnecessary fear, and in some cases, hyper-vigilance to longer symptoms that can impede recovery,” Gerrard warned.

Researchers at Queensland Health surveyed 5,112 symptom sufferers aged 18 years and older to reach their conclusion.

Symptoms reported included fatigue, brain fog, cough, shortness of breath, change to smell and taste, dizziness, and rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Researchers pulled their subjects from a pool of sick Australians who’d taken COVID-19 tests — testing both positive and negative — in late spring of 2022, quizzing them a year later on their symptoms and quality of life.

Sixteen percent of respondents said they were experiencing symptoms in spring of 2023, while 3.6 percent reported “moderate-to-severe functional impairment” in their daily lives.

No evidence was found that adults who tested positive in 2022 were experiencing this increased level of impairment at a higher rate than than those who tested negative, or those who simply had the flu.

The study noted that rates of diagnosed “Long COVID” were lower than in other countries, due to tight restrictions imposed by the Australian government during the pandemic.

The finished document is due to be presented next month at 2024’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Barcelona.

“In health systems with highly vaccinated populations, long COVID may have appeared to be a distinct and severe illness because of high volumes of COVID-19 cases during the pandemic,” Gerrard said.

“However, we found that the rates of ongoing symptoms and functional impairment are indistinguishable from other post-viral illnesses,” he continued.

“These findings underscore the importance of comparing post-COVID-19 outcomes with those following other respiratory infections, and of further research into post-viral syndromes.”

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