Health Politics In Action ? Professor Garner’s Change Of Heart On Long Covid (And ME/CFS)


By Nemesis in Healthcare Hubris.


Trigger warning: gaslighting, ableism, death, coercive control, cult psychology


Politics pervades everything, and healthcare is no exception. This can arguably be exemplified through tracking the twists and turns of dominant thinking around Long Covid management, and how this is positioned vis-à-vis other chronic illnesses, notably myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This blogpost will examine the evolution (for want of a better word) of thinking of Professor Paul Garner, professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, regarding Long Covid management (and it would also appear regarding the management of ME/CFS). This will be done largely through considering a series of blogposts that Prof Garner wrote in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on the subject, culminating in a recent change of philosophy that has come as unexpected to many.


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