John's Hopkins Medical School Professor Dr. Marty Makary, who also serves as a health advisor for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, is warning "long COVID" is being exaggerated in order to extort American taxpayers for more money.
"Long Covid is real. I have reliable patients who describe lingering symptoms after Covid infection. But public-health officials have massively exaggerated long Covid to scare low-risk Americans as our government gives more than $1 billion to a long Covid medical-industrial complex," Makary writes in the Wall Street Journal.
"The National Institutes for Health has been intensely focused on studying long Covid, spending nearly $1.2 billion on the condition. To date, the return on investment has been zero for the people suffering with it. But it’s been terrific for MRI centers, lab testing companies and hospitals that set up long Covid clinics," he continues. "I’ve talked to the staff at some of these clinics and it’s unclear what they are actually offering to people beyond a myriad of tests."
Long Covid is real. But public health officials have massively exaggerated its prevalence as they give >$1B to a long Covid medical-testing complex.— Marty Makary MD, MPH (@MartyMakary) December 12, 2022
Some cases are legit, but diagnosing fatigue @ 5wks as long Covid is the medicalization of ordinary life. https://t.co/TTxGYgl9JW
The White House continues to demand endless funding as Dr. Anthony Fauci claims the U.S. is still "in the middle" of a pandemic.
Anthony Fauci: “We are still in the middle of a pandemic.” pic.twitter.com/FNUsS7z21V— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 13, 2022