By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Paul Garner’s recovery story from long COVID has met with almost universal dismay and anger from the chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) community. Garner, after all, was something of a champion for long COVID and ME/CFS. An infectious diseases specialist who had weathered serious infections before, he seemed perfect for the job of validating both long COVID and ME/CFS.
Then he published his recovery story, “Paul Garner: on his recovery from long covid“, using behavioral techniques, and the whole thing collapsed. Hundreds of comments demonstrated the ME/CFS community’s dismay. The champion had suddenly turned, for a community seeking, above all, more research funding, into something of an enemy.
The upset was understandable. The fear is that such a public figure’s recovery story will blunt in the U.K. the recent newfound openness to biological inquiry. I hope it won’t. The U.K. has gone down the psychological/biopsychosocial rabbit hole for many years. Does it really open up that can of worms again? Hopefully not.
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