The Latest: What if you can’t prove you had Covid-19?
This is Felix Gussone, Elemental’s senior health editor, filling in for Alexandra, who’s recharging her batteries after nearly six months of nonstop Covid-19 coverage. 😱
At this stage of the pandemic, we understand significantly more about the virus’ long- and short-term symptoms, testing, and treatment options. But what if you had all the classic Covid-19 symptoms, maybe still have them, but weren’t able to get a positive test to prove infection? Countless patients are currently in this position — dismissed by their doctors despite months of lingering symptoms, simply because there’s no “proof” that they had Covid-19 in the first place. Journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer explores what happens to these patients in a must-read feature for Elemental.
Physical risks aside, the mental health toll of the pandemic is extremely concerning. For young people who are used to constantly connecting with others — on campus, at school, or at parties and other social events — the pandemic has put life on pause. In fact, young folks are more likely than their grandparents to report feeling lonely. I sympathize with those college seniors, who were ready to conquer the world, now living alone in their studio apartments or parents’ basements. (Though speaking of basements, they’re an ideal spot for college kids to self-quarantine when they’re sent home because their campus had to close due to an outbreak. Because that will happen.)
Oh, and one more thing: You probably heard about the first confirmed case of coronavirus reinfection in Hong Kong and two more in Europe. Please don’t freak out over the headlines. It doesn’t mean we’re all doomed. (Really, it doesn’t.)
Here’s what’s new:
- Case count: There are over 5.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S. and over 23.6 million confirmed cases worldwide. So far more than 177,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. There are surely more.
- The CDC changes testing guidelines: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modified its coronavirus testing guidelines to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 — even if they have been recently exposed to the virus.
Follow our Medium Coronavirus Blog for regular updates, and read some of the essential stories we’ve curated below.
Be well, stay safe, and don’t neglect your mental health,
Senior Editor, Elemental
A pandemic perspective
“Given the federal, state, and local governments’ failure to responsibly address the Covid-19 pandemic, I’m right to be worried.” — Tahirah Alexander Green, “My Therapist Says I’m Not Paranoid, I’m Being Gaslit”
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A few smart reads:
F.D.A. ‘Grossly Misrepresented’ Blood Plasma Data, Scientists Say (New York Times)