Long Covid or post-Covid-19 syndrome
Currently, there is no diagnostic biomarker or set of biomarkers for Long Covid or post-Covid-19 syndrome (as opposed to active infection with SARS-CoV-2). This means that Long Covid can be positioned as a form of MUS (medically unexplained symptoms) by individuals or groups who are invested in furthering (bio)psychosocial hegemony. Accordingly, reports from Long Covid patients of medical gaslighting and psychologisation are strikingly similar to those of other MUS patient groups. Much of this is related to the hubris of healthcare professionals, researchers and policymakers who, historically, have failed to listen to patients whose illnesses fail to fit the mainstream healthcare mould, in part because political and economic agendas are prioritised over patients. Will Long Covid change the face of healthcare?