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  • Some studies also showed last year that a majority of patients who were sick with a tested positive for COVID tested negative for antibodies after a few months so I wouldn't read much into that.

    I agree that it is inevitable that we will all get it. I do think we need vaccines for all ages before we truly reopen. I am also hoping a delta-lambda booster will be available before my time slot for a booster comes up.

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    • Originally posted by Sampter View Post


      Unless a very small system, I suspect that most will once more start mandating it.
      I had thought so, but we got a talking to about how the unvaccinated were excellent caregivers, how this doesn't affect patient safety etc. So I doubt it.
      We were also told to by sympathetic to unvaccinated colleagues and mindful of their feelings.
      They are also doubling down on cutting PPE to just a surgical mask.

      So I am not optimistic.

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      • Originally posted by FIREshrink View Post
        However I think there are a lot of reasons to be skeptical about long covid-19, if that's what you're talking about. Some studies have shown a majority of patients claiming long covid-19 do not even have covid antibodies. This isn't something that keeps me up at night.

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        I, for one, am not looking forward to the future ED visits for 'long COVID'.

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        • Originally posted by CordMcNally View Post

          I, for one, am not looking forward to the future ED visits for 'long COVID'.
          Dunno. "Maybe you got that thing they're talking about on the internet " after you tell them the $5k worth of lab tests are all normal. Better for pt sat scores than "maybe you just need to eat better, lose some weight, exercise, and realize that you aren't 20 any more."

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          • Originally posted by G View Post

            Dunno. "Maybe you got that thing they're talking about on the internet " after you tell them the $5k worth of lab tests are all normal. Better for pt sat scores than "maybe you just need to eat better, lose some weight, exercise, and realize that you aren't 20 any more."
            Except it’ll be their 20th visit to their 5th different specialty.

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            • Originally posted by CordMcNally View Post

              I, for one, am not looking forward to the future ED visits for 'long COVID'.
              Just endorse rapid antibody titers, if pretty sensitive they'll immediately rule out ?50-60-80%? of cases.

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              • Originally posted by CordMcNally View Post

                I, for one, am not looking forward to the future ED visits for 'long COVID'.
                I’m afraid that long covid is going to be the new fibromyalgia/Lyme disease/chronic fatigue syndrome.

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                • Originally posted by HikingDO View Post

                  I’m afraid that long covid is going to be the new fibromyalgia/Lyme disease/chronic fatigue syndrome.
                  People have to find some reason to make all their pandemic puppies into ESAs

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                  • Originally posted by FIREshrink View Post

                    Just endorse rapid antibody titers, if pretty sensitive they'll immediately rule out ?50-60-80%? of cases.
                    The trouble is they’ll find a physician somewhere that will diagnose them despite negative testing and they’ll never let go of that diagnosis.

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                    • Originally posted by HikingDO View Post

                      I’m afraid that long covid is going to be the new fibromyalgia/Lyme disease/chronic fatigue syndrome.
                      But you can test for Lyme disease.

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                      • Originally posted by Hank View Post

                        But you can test for Lyme disease.
                        You think the chronic Lyme people care that they have negative tests?

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                        • EDS still the current go to

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                          • Holy trinity is EDS/MCAS/POTS.

                            Minds blown adding long Covid to above.

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                            • I was talking to an acquaintance at the gym (former nurse, stay at home mom now who has befriended my wife because of kids activities). My hospital has mandated the vaccine for all employees to be completed by the end of September. She said that there is incentive to get employee vaccinations among employees above 90% to receive money from the government.

                              I've not heard of this, and I've spent longer than I care to admit trying to find information about this. The other hospital in town hasn't mandated vaccinations (my hospital and other hospital are in the top 3 employers in town), so I suspect the info about government incentives to be incorrect (what hospital gives up the opportunity to get government money).

                              Can anyone prove or disprove the contention that there is a direct monetary incentive to get employees vaccinated?

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                              • Originally posted by G View Post

                                Dunno. "Maybe you got that thing they're talking about on the internet " after you tell them the $5k worth of lab tests are all normal. Better for pt sat scores than "maybe you just need to eat better, lose some weight, exercise, and realize that you aren't 20 any more."
                                omg. i just realized there are going to be a whole new wellness/grift category and people making a killing selling long covid treatments/cures and general delusion validation.

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