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  1. SWAlexander

    Dendritic cell deficiencies persist seven months after SARS-CoV-2 infection

    Abstract Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV)-2 infection induces an exacerbated inflammation driven by innate immunity components. Dendritic cells (DCs) play a key role in the defense against viral infections, for instance plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs), have the capacity to...
  2. SWAlexander

    Effects of COVID-19 and vaccination on the human immune system: cases of lymphopenia and autoimmunity

    SARS-CoV-2 infection and the antigenic challenge induced by vaccinations against this pathogen elicit a diverse immunological response in humans. A variable immune response is expected during infection, but the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to evade host immunity and induce a deleterious effect on...
  3. SWAlexander

    Immunological dysfunction persists for 8 months following initial mild-to-moderate SARS-CoV-2 infection

    Abstract A proportion of patients surviving acute coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection develop post-acute COVID syndrome (long COVID (LC)) lasting longer than 12 weeks. Here, we studied individuals with LC compared to age- and gender-matched recovered individuals without LC, unexposed...
  4. Pyrrhus

    An estimation of the proportion of asymptomatic Omicron infection (Maccallini, 2022)

    An estimation of the proportion of asymptomatic Omicron infection (Maccallini, 2022) https://paolomaccallini.com/2022/01/03/happy-new-variant/ A new (self-published) article from @paolo. This article is currently relevant as some people have suggested that the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2...
  5. C

    19th century pandemic with long-covid-ME like symptoms, possibly caused by a now-seasonal coronavirus

  6. Boba

    Covid 19 persistence for over a year - confirmed case in immunocompromised patient

  7. F

    Persistent coronaviral particles in the gut

    I just read this article: https://hms.harvard.edu/news/covid-19s-gut-connection and naturally was intrigued by the demonstration of persistent Covid viral particles in the gut. The work is fantastic! They demonstrated persistent viral particles in the guts of children who got the MIS-C syndrome...
  8. Hip

    Survey suggests post-viral fatigue form of long COVID might be the most common subtype

    In the COVID-19 Longhauler Advocacy Project Facebook group, I posted a poll asking members of that group which subtype of long COVID they most identify with. Long COVID subtypes include: post-viral fatigue (similar or the same as ME/CFS), heart and/or lung damage (which may be permanent) and...
  9. D.Rabbie

    Post-covid 19 syndrome

    Hey everyone, I want to know if some of you had a run with covid-19 and ended up with post-covid 19 syndrome (which I really think is CFS). I want to know if you have seen any recovery naturally over the months. I can work only for 3 hours a day before I get fatigued now and I've had covid-19...
  10. Pyrrhus

    Neuroinflammation in Long Covid

    Well this is interesting... Here's a new, fascinating paper that detected inflammatory cells in the eye in Long Covid patients 2-3 months after infection. Since the optic nerve at the back of the eye is part of the nervous system, and the optic nerve is a major route for drainage of brain...
  11. Pyrrhus

    Long Covid: Summary of discussions

    Long Covid: A summary of discussions on Phoenix Rising So remember back in January when we were all wondering if the novel coronavirus might result in an ME/CFS-like condition? Well, I thought I would start a thread to collect together all the discussions that might be relevant to "Long...
  12. Pyrrhus

    CNN: Redefining Covid-19: Months after infection, patients report breathing difficulty, excessive fatigue

    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/09/13/health/long-haul-covid-fatigue-breathing-wellness/index.html A good piece written by Ryan Prior, an ME patient who works for CNN: Excerpt:
  13. Pyrrhus

    STAT: Seeking the causes of post-Covid symptoms, researchers dust off data on college students with mononucleosis

    For those of you unfamiliar with STAT, it's a website geared towards the medical community. They just published a piece by David Tuller, the academic who wrote the PACE expose: https://www.statnews.com/2020/09/11/persistent-symptoms-after-covid19-hard-to-study/ Excerpt:
  14. wherearemypillows

    Thoughts on long-term COVID consequences, including ME/CFS possibility?

    At first I was being extra careful to take precautions due to being immunocompromised by Rituximab, but in the past few weeks I've become more and more alarmed by reports of long-term coronavirus consequences. The extreme fatigue and cognitive decline being suffered by some COVID "long-haulers"...
  15. ZeroGravitas

    Overlap between ME/CFS and Covid-19 information - e.g. oxidative stress (MedCram), vitamin supplements, etc

    I've been watching a whole bunch of PeakProsperity and MedCram (excellent and respectable teaching doctor) to digest the medical info coming out about Covid-19 studies, etc (as I've been caught up blogging about it for ~6 weeks, etc). In previous weeks they've each described quite similar...
  16. Diwi9

    Q&A opportunity regarding coronavirus with Dr. Ron Davis.

    MODERATOR'S NOTE: PLEASE LIMIT QUESTIONS TO THOSE PERTAINING TO CORONAVIRUS Dr. Ron Davis, Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center and Director of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Open Medicine Foundation, has offered to do a Q&A for the Phoenix Rising community regarding the...
  17. Iritu1021

    Nutraceutical recommendations for COVID-19 from IFM

    The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Virus-Specific Nutraceutical and Botanical Agents
  18. Hip

    Is the WHO's coronavirus advice that the public should not wear masks putting people's lives at risk?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) have repeatedly stated that the populace do not need to wear masks or respirators, and that for the general public these offer no protection from coronavirus. The WHO say: Source: here Technically the statement may be correct: there may be no specific...
  19. Jody

    Article A Look at COVID-19 Through the Eyes of ME/CFS

    A Look at COVID-19 Through the Eyes of ME/CFS by Jody Smith I have been self-isolating for over two weeks now. Not because of COVID-19. At least, not at first. Like many of you, I spend a great deal of time in my house because of ME/CFS. I was housebound due to a resurgence of ME/CFS symptoms...
  20. waif

    Prepping tips for coronavirus if you're low carb

    Hi all I'm mostly writing on behalf of my friend He's isolating himself and needs tips on how to hoard food so he has to interact with humans as little as possible. He eats meat and vegetables, healthy, low carb Also do we know how to make sure the virus doesn't transmit via food? Like if...
  21. bspg

    Telemedicine expanded for Medicare recipients due to coronavirus

    Source: As coronavirus spreads, Medicare gets telemedicine option