Long COVID is a term that was being used by medical experts that the media took on. I first heard it on radio 4 in a current affairs stand where a few ournalists who had COVID and were struggling to being back to normal because of such a collection of symptoms went out to investigate. Several senior medical people working at the front line used the term as if it had become a medical term their teams were using.
As for papers, from very early days there's been a whole new tranche of money specifically for short term, fast reporting research. AIUI it was to fast track research results into the mainstream. I know enough academic researchers to know there's been a rush to get proposals out and research started. Indeed some had been started before money allocated which is not usual at all. I also know academics who get called on to do the peer reviews of research seeking publication. COVID research has been going through, fast tracked. It's that important I guess. Although the more important research you are right will take time to get published. The funding is however only for up to 18 months per project AIUI with many being a lot shorter. The idea is to fast track COVID research through the academic system. Researchers are seeing it as a research funding gold rush!!!
You don't have to tell me how academic research works - published my first paper 20 years ago and dip in and out when I have something worth pubishing. But the idea of this is to fast track research through the media, they cherry pick from often ill though out poorly controlled 'studies' that have iffy ethical approval at best - its funny how 2 of the best 'treatments' - Hight dose Dex ( 1957 ) and prone ventilation (1974) have been around for years
researchers might as well be panning for gold...
and I beg to differ on long covid
from the BMJ
“Long Covid” was first used by Elisa Perego as a Twitter hashtag in May to describe her own experience of a multiphasic, cyclical condition that differed in time course and symptomatology from the bi-phasic pathway discussed in early scientific papers, which focused on hospitalized patients. Just three months later, following intense advocacy by patients across the world, this patient made term has been taken up by powerful actors, including the World Health Organization.
“Long Covid” was first used by Elisa Perego as a Twitter hashtag in May to describe her own experience of a multiphasic, cyclical condition that differed in time course and [...]More...
a hashtag first, public outcrys 2nd - science a very distant 3rd LOL
noone can even agree what Long covid is
But I agree on the Tier system being nonsense - in any form - isolating people for potential risk only increases other risks