You are what you expect: The sequel

A post of mine from a couple of days ago reported that people who expect side effects from coronavirus vaccines are much more likely to complain of side effects post-vax than people who don’t expect them.

Pretty easy to understand and accept.

So, no surprise, I think, that another study from France found that when it comes to long COVID (which is a condition in search of a much better name), the same sort of rule applies: If a person expects problems post-COVID, they are more likely to have symptoms show up (and this is key: whether or not they were actually infected with SARS-CoV-2), than a person who wasn’t anticipating any problems.

Or as the researchers put it, “persistent physical symptoms 10 to 12 months after the COVID-19 pandemic first wave were associated more with the belief in having experienced COVID-19 infection than with having laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

Interesting, and certainly something deserving much more study and analysis for a condition – long COVID – that is fast becoming a major health issue around the world, and one that will likely be around for many years to come.