What COVID Does To The Body
An Incomplete and Growing Resource
One of the more unhinged and deranged fantasies of many COVID denialists and minimizers is that being repeatedly infected with COVID is simply no big deal, especially in children, and we should all just quietly accept this “new normal” of being repeatedly infected with the virus SARS-CoV-2 and the vascular, multisystem disease it causes called COVID-19.
This is obviously obscene, especially as the virus has only been in circulation for a few years. As I explained in the Introduction to the Pandemic Accountability Index, it takes time to “do the science,” and going into year 4 of the pandemic, we now have an incredible mountain of research that explains just what COVID-19 does to the body and the permanent harm it can leave.
So you have to have one hell of a conspiracy theory complex to seriously suggest that everything listed here is somehow, all of it, elaborate works of fiction - and all of your favorite pro-COVID influencers insist that none of this exists, or matters, at least more than supposed delusions of “normalcy.”
Below is a list of the types of harm this disease can inflict upon you, organized and sourced for your convenience.
(Safety & Health Magazine) Study reveals high COVID-19 mortality rates among labor, retail and service workers - so working class people are much more likely to die.
(Times of Israel) Israeli long COVID study: 1 in 3 people fail to regain regular health months later
(Scientific American) The Number of Children Orphaned by COVID Keeps Rising - from January 2020 to May 2022, over 10.5 million children worldwide lost primary or secondary caregivers to COVID.
(Inside Medicine) Infants are being hospitalized with Covid at higher rates than most adults and seniors.
(Forbes) More Danger Ahead With BA.5: Covid-19 Reinfection Doubles The Risk For Death, Blood Clots, And Lung Damage
(News Medical) Each SARS-CoV-2 reinfection causes more severe disease
(Jerusalem Post) Long COVID’s link to suicide: Scientists warn of hidden crisis
(Financial Times) The growing evidence that Covid-19 is leaving people sicker
(WSWS) Data cover-up deepens as at least 3 children die of COVID every day in the US
(Everyday Health) How COVID-19 Attacks the Body: Lessons From the Morgue
(medRxiv) Estimating the number of breakthrough COVID-19 deaths in the United States - From April 04, 2022, an estimate of 80-100,000+ deaths from breakthrough infections in the vaccinated.
(The Atlantic) America’s Pandemic Orphans (200,000+) Are Slipping Through the Cracks
(Reuters) U.S. poor died at much higher rate from COVID than rich, report says
(SFGate) Line cooks are at the highest risk of dying from COVID, says UCSF study
(Deseret News) New investigation reveals [U.S.] underreported COVID-19 deaths
GENERAL DISABILITY & LONG COVID:
(Journal of Medical Virology) Excess risk for acute myocardial infarction mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic
(The Conversation) Reinfection will be part of the pandemic for months to come. Each repeat illness raises the risk of long COVID
(BMG) Covid-19: WHO urges action as 17 million long covid cases are estimated in Europe
(WSWS) Long COVID and the working class: Brookings Institution report finds millions have left the labor force
(WSWS) Long COVID: Dramatic consequences seen among top German athletes
(Brookings) New data shows long Covid is keeping as many as 4 million people out of work
(WebMD) Long COVID Doubles Risk of Some Serious Outcomes in Children, Teens: Study
(Wales Online) Long COVID symptoms will be permanent for many, says study
(Fortune) Kids get Long COVID, too. Experts are racing to understand it
(MSNBC) Latest study on long Covid reveals bad news for just about everyone
(MarketWatch) ‘This isn’t just gonna go away’: Long COVID is crashing the retirement hopes of many Americans
(Fortune) Surviving the pandemic is only half the battle: ‘Long COVID’ could affect a billion in just a few years
(Business Insider) Healthcare workers with long COVID are having their careers cut short due to debilitating symptoms as the industry struggles with labor shortages
(Education Week) 1 in 5 Educators Say They’ve Experienced Long COVID
(Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy) Global data reveal half may have long COVID 4 months on
(medRxiv) Multi-organ impairment and Long COVID: a 1-year prospective, longitudinal cohort study
(medRxiv) Long COVID in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analyses - Prevalence of Long COVID in children/adolescents is 25.24%
(NJ Spotlight News) Living with COVID: Long COVID becoming pediatric ‘public health crisis’
(AAMC) ‘Scary and confusing’: When kids suffer from long COVID-19
(Financial Times) Researchers say more than 100m suffer ill effects for at least 12 weeks
(Nature Public Health Emergency Collection) F-FDG brain PET hypometabolism in patients with long COVID
(Reuters) COVID raises risk of long-term brain injury, large U.S. study finds
(Psychiatry Research) Larger gray matter volumes in neuropsychiatric long-COVID syndrome
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) Neurologic complications common in children hospitalized with COVID
(Bloomberg) Covid’s Harmful Effects on the Brain Reverberate Years Later
(Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy) COVID-19 neuro complications, long-term symptoms in kids
(US News) COVID May Be Tied to Rise in Brain Infections in Children
(Oxford Academic) SARS-CoV-2 Brain Regional Detection, Histopathology, Gene Expression, and Immunomodulatory Changes in Decedents with COVID-19
(Oxford Academic) How COVID-19 affects microvessels in the brain
(Guardian) Covid study finds millions have long-term smell or taste problems
(Nature) SARS-CoV-2 is associated with changes in brain structure in UK Biobank
(Oxford Academic) Neurovascular injury with complement activation and inflammation in COVID-19
(Taipei Times) Study finds 37% of youths have neurological symptoms
(Journal of Neuroinflammation) SARS-CoV-2 productively infects human brain microvascular endothelial cells
(BBC Science Focus) COVID-19 could put us at a greater risk of neurodegenerative diseases and stroke
(Cell) Mild respiratory COVID can cause multi-lineage neural cell and myelin dysregulation
(CNBC) Covid could trigger a spike in dementia cases, say Alzheimer’s experts
(Neuroscience News) In Long COVID, Blood Markers Are Linked to Neuropsychiatric Symptoms
(Bloomberg) Covid Can Shrink the Brain as Much as a Decade of Aging, Study Finds
(CTV News) Cognitive impairment from long COVID equivalent to aging 20 years, study finds
(The BMJ) Parosmia—a common consequence of covid-19 - smell & taste loss, aka brain damage.
(CTV News) UWindsor researchers discover children’s mental health worsens when COVID-19 cases surge
(City News Toronto) COVID-19 brain fog: How the virus impacts the nervous system
(Medscape) Long-Term Smell Loss in COVID-19 Tied to Damage in the Brain's Olfactory Bulb
(ScienceDirect) Prevalence and Risk Factors of Neurologic Manifestations in Hospitalized Children Diagnosed with Acute SARS-CoV-2 or MIS-C
(SciTechDaily) COVID-19’s Severe Impacts on the Brain – Even in People That Did Not Experience Serious Respiratory Symptoms
(The Conversation) Post-COVID psychosis occurs in people with no prior history. The risk is low but episodes are frightening
(Forbes) A Case Of Shrunken Brains: How Covid-19 May Damage Brain Cells
(Jessica Wildfire) Covid Is Making Us Stupid, and We’re Letting It Run Wild
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH:
(Brisbane Times) Unlike flu, COVID-19 attacks DNA in the heart: new research
(Circulation) Association of COVID-19 With Major Arterial and Venous Thrombotic Diseases: A Population-Wide Cohort Study of 48 Million Adults in England and Wales
(Nature Medicine) Lingering cardiac involvement in previously well people after mild COVID-19
(Indian Express) ‘Prevalence of youth suffering heart attacks goes up post-Covid’
(Nature Medicine) Long-term cardiac pathology in individuals with mild initial COVID-19 illness
(Blood Advances) Evidence of thrombotic microangiopathy in children with SARS-CoV-2 across the spectrum of clinical presentations
(Science) Blood abnormalities found in people with Long Covid
(Fortune) Blood clots, heart problems, kidney failure: COVID creates a higher risk for rare pediatric health problems, new CDC study finds
(Houston Chronicle) Houston cardiologist: COVID may bring ‘a tsunami of heart attacks in the future'
(medRxiv) Cardiac impairment in Long Covid 1-year post-SARS-CoV-2 infection
(medRxiv) Persisting pulmonary dysfunction in pediatric post-acute Covid-19
(The Tyee) What if COVID Reinfections Wear Down Our Immunity?
(Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy) Signs of autoimmune disease, difficulty exercising noted 1 year after COVID
(Linkoping University) Severe COVID-19 impairs the immune system for longer than 6 months
(medRxiv) Recent SARS-CoV-2 infection abrogates antibody and B-cell responses to booster vaccination
(medRxiv) Distinguishing features of Long COVID identified through immune profiling
(bioRxiv) Enhanced innate immune suppression by SARS-CoV-2 Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5
(Cedars Sinai) COVID-19 Can Trigger Self-Attacking Antibodies
(South China Morning Post) Coronavirus uses same strategy as HIV to dodge immune response, Chinese study finds
(Research Square) COVID19 induced immunosuppression and aggressive progression of primary cranial vault lymphoma presented as a management challenge, a case report, and a review of the literature.
(Science) KIR+CD8+ T cells suppress pathogenic T cells and are active in autoimmune diseases and COVID-19
(NewScientist) Premature ageing of the immune system may be one cause of long covid
(Nature Immunology) Immunological dysfunction persists for 8 months following initial mild-to-moderate SARS-CoV-2 infection
(HealthDay) COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%
(Missouri Independent) COVID causing more type 1 diabetes in kids, with days revolving around blood sugar levels
(Wall Street Journal) New Research Shows Higher Risk of Developing Diabetes After Covid-19 Infection
(NBC New York) COVID-19 Substantially Increases Diabetes Risk in Kids, CDC Says
PREGNANCY & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH:
(NewsMedical) COVID-19 during pregnancy damages the placenta's immune response to further infections
(Jerusalem Post) COVID-19 could cause male infertility - new Israeli study
(South China Morning Post) Covid-19 infection could damage testicles, harm sex drive in men, University of Hong Kong study shows
(International Journal of Impotence Research) Tip of the iceberg: erectile dysfunction and COVID-19
(Fortune) Long COVID could be leading to a wave of erectile dysfunction as the pandemic invades our sex lives - big “Children of Men” vibes
(Fatherly) COVID May Be Messing With Men’s Fertility, Study Suggests - Reduced sperm count
So this is what being infected with COVID-19 can do to your body, potentially permanently. Not a single pro-COVID influencer ever bothers to consider this mountain of evidence in their endless tweets, Youtube videos, Substack diatribes, or whatever else public decrees they make as they rally against basic pandemic measures such as PPE or quarantine.
As the Biden Administration has fully adopted the utterly deranged delusion of these maniacs and adopted a mass, repeated infection approach to America’s population, what we are seeing now is the slow crumbling of the nation’s health playing out in realtime.
Brain, heart, immune, kidney, and even skin damage, as well as chronic illness and disability is what millions of Americans have already had inflicted upon them, with plenty millions more primed to experience their health go out the window in the years to come.
As the Pandemic Accountability Index continues to roll out, this compilation will continue to expand, and is something to keep in mind as we dive into the depravity and delusions of those who chose to side with a virus instead of their communities.