One study found in many alleged long-covid patients that they had no covid at all. For the diagnosis “Long Covid” the subjective conviction is often decisive …
The ubiquitous coverage of Covid-19 has now reached such psychopathic and panic-inducing proportions that many people now attribute almost all health complaints to Covid. This is especially true for ever-present, temporary or permanent “niggles” and ailments such as exhaustion and sleep disorders, but also for more serious, widespread syndromes such as anxiety, depression, shortness of breath, concentration disorders and gastrointestinal complaints. Lately such diseases have been traded as “long covid”. However: Not all of the supposedly Long Covid sufferers have ever had Covid-19.
At a Study in France For example, 914 of the 26,823 participants stated that they had already contracted Covid. However, a blood test for antibodies could only confirm this in 453 people.
When asked about their current state of health, 13.8 percent of those who said they suffered from exhaustion confirmed that they had a previous illness. In 12.6 percent, however, no previous illness could be detected.
Of those people who thought they had not yet had Covid and who had negative antibody tests, only 2.5 percent suffered from exhaustion. Even with a positive antibody test, the symptom fatigue was relatively rare with a frequency of 3.5 percent. Little did these people suspect that they had already contracted Covid-19.
In 15 of 18 possible long Covid symptoms, the study found a significant association with the subjective conviction of having already suffered from Covid. The authors concluded:
The results of this cross-sectional analysis of a large, population-based French cohort suggest that persistent physical symptoms after COVID-19 infection more related to the belief in a SARS-CoV-2 infection than to a laboratory-confirmed Covid19 infection. Further research in this area should consider underlying mechanisms that may not be specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A medical evaluation of these patients may be necessary to prevent symptoms of another illness from being incorrectly attributed to “long-term COVID”.