A lingering disorder that can last for months or years is affecting an increasing proportion of the workforce. The symptoms that contribute to long COVID could be a result of pandemic measures and masking in particular. Increased exposure to microplastics, nanoparticles, chemicals in masks, and nasopharyngeal tests parallel many of the symptoms that define long COVID.
Surveys among thousands of people suggest that 7 percent to 30 percent of people who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus experienced one or more symptoms for a period longer than 12 weeks. Some people who got COVID-19 early in the pandemic still haven’t recovered.
Most scientists and medical doctors—including media—link long COVID symptoms to the SARS-CoV-2 infection. This would be the first coronavirus in history to cause long-lasting chronic symptoms in a high percentage of the workforce. People with long COVID can experience social isolation and stigma because of their inability to perform. The rise of long COVID has created millions of new people with disabilities.
Many countries have started special clinics and funded research especially for studying lingering effects. A one-size-fits-all successful treatment hasn't been found yet. Thousands or maybe more than 100 million are frustrated at the lack of treatment available. Doctors and scientists prefer a holistic approach, but medical and social services are often understaffed.
Symptoms of Long COVID Link to MIESAt this point, there has been limited attention to a possible relation between long COVID and exposure to chemicals in masks, nasopharyngeal tests, and disinfectants. In a meta-analysis by an interdisciplinary team of German physicians, a potential risk of Mask Induced Exhaustion Syndrome (MIES) has been found. The most frequently observed symptoms (fatigue, headaches, dizziness, lack of concentration) as described for MIES overlap with important symptoms for long COVID syndrome.
Microplastics and nanoparticles withdraw proteins, vitamins, and minerals forming bio-corona (microclots), accumulating in important organs (blood, liver, gut, lung tissue), and disturb important physiological and immunological processes
Seeking More Answers for a Long COVID MysteryThe Belgium Public Health Institute, Sciensano, found titanium dioxide in 24 types of masks. A recent publication in Gut showed that exposure to titanium dioxide could exacerbate inflammation of the colon (colitis ulcerosa) weakening the innate immune system. Furthermore, titanium dioxide can enter directly into the brain and cause oxidative stress in glial cells (or mast cells), cells with an important role in the proper functioning of the innate immune system and nervous system. Maternal exposure to titanium dioxide during pregnancy may result in impaired memory in the infant. Long-term exposure and high concentrations could even cause DNA damage. Unfortunately, masks with titanium dioxide are still available on the market.
Masks, Nasopharyngeal Swabs Could Lead to DeathThe results of Foegen’s observational study published in Medicine strongly suggest that mask mandates caused 50 percent more deaths compared to no mask mandates. Foegen theorized that hyper-condensed droplets caught by masks are re-inhaled and introduced deeper into the respiratory tract responsible for higher viral loads and an increased mortality rate (The Foegen effect). Exposure to microplastics may result in lung fibrosis.
Not Harm, Supporting Lives Is the Purpose of LifeThe policy of politicians and advisory experts promoting a reintroduction of pandemic measures risks a disastrous effect on a now-chemically poisoned population with a weakened immune system.
In many countries in the world, excessive mortality and sickness are observed. Each of the measures, including COVID-19 vaccination, might have its own contribution to the weakened immune system.
The observed microclots in patients with long COVID and acute COVID, independent of COVID-19 vaccination, is indicating that any measure that may cause oxygen deprivation or inflammation is a risk for sudden death, and more severe infectious and chronic diseases (liver, heart problems, and neurodegenerative diseases). At this moment, it isn't known which concentration of microclots and oxygen deprivation may result in severe symptoms or even death.