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Xinhua News Agency, London, November 23 News Analysis: Behind the "long new crown" is the "sequelae" of Western's ineffective anti-epidemic

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In Western countries in Europe and the United States, a large number of people have been affected by various symptoms such as "post-coronavirus symptoms" ("new crown") for a long time after being infected with the new crown. Experts believe that Western countries' ineffective fight against the epidemic has not only exposed the public to health risks, but also left multiple social "sequelae" such as pressure on the medical system, a reduction in the social labor force, and a widening gap between the rich and the poor. In the face of the epidemic that has not yet ended, people should maintain a high degree of vigilance.

"Long Crown" may be underestimated

According to the definition of the World Health Organization, the definition of "post-new crown symptoms" ("long new crown") refers to individuals who may or have been confirmed to be infected with the new crown and still have symptoms 3 months after infection, the symptoms last for at least 2 months, and there is no other obvious cause . WHO estimates that about 10% to 20% of patients with COVID-19 may suffer from medium to long-term symptoms such as fatigue, dyspnea and cognitive impairment.

The well-known British immunologist Danny Altman pointed out in an interview with a reporter from Xinhua News Agency that the impact of the "long crown" may be underestimated.

A new study published this month in the British journal "Natural Reviews Nephrology" pointed out that the "long new crown" may have an impact on people for decades, and have serious implications for social life, economy, politics, and global security. profound impact in many ways.

According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics of the United Kingdom, as of the beginning of September this year, the number of people affected by the "new crown" in the United Kingdom has exceeded 2.3 million, accounting for about 3.5% of the total population of the United Kingdom. The research model of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the United States shows that during 2020 and 2021, at least 17 million people in the WHO European Region will experience "long-term new crowns". According to a research report by the Brookings Institution, an American think tank, about 16 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 65 said they had symptoms of "coronavirus", of which 2 million to 4 million lost their jobs due to "coronavirus".

Ineffective fight against the epidemic exposes the crisis

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently warned that the "new crown" is endangering the lives and lives of tens of millions of people, and has had a huge impact on the medical system and social economy. He urged countries to act "immediately" and maintain "sustained" Efforts to deal with this "very serious crisis".

On social media, many people and organizations in Western countries continue to publish the experience of patients with "long crown". Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, pointed out that some people may be affected by the "new crown" for life, but it is difficult to know how common this situation will be now. Since "long crown" is still a new topic, it is too early to draw conclusions, but it is not uncommon for "long crown" to affect life.

A study published in the British medical journal "The Lancet" found that 22% of "new crown" patients were unable to work due to poor health, and another 45% had to reduce their working hours. A survey by the British Trade Union Confederation found that 20% of patients with "coronavirus" did not work, and another 16% had to shorten their working hours. A quarter of UK companies cite COVID-19 as one of the main reasons for long-term employee absenteeism.

Altman believes that the "long crown" will cause greater pressure and expenditure on the medical system, and expressed concern that the British medical system will be "in an unstable state" and "will fall into collapse", making it difficult to cope with the double epidemic of winter flu and the new crown. The number of hospital admissions has soared. Tan Desai also emphasized: "For (national) governments, long-term investment in health systems and workers and immediate development of plans to deal with the 'new crown' are critical."

In addition, the "long crown" also highlights the division and injustice of Western society. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointed out that due to where they live or work, or because of lack of access to medical care, some people are at increased risk of contracting the new crown; medical and health inequities may also make some racial or ethnic minority groups, and some people with disabilities more susceptible to the disease. On "Long Crown".

The threat of the epidemic is far from over

Many health experts have criticized some western countries' anti-epidemic "lay down" policy, and emphasized that the new crown pandemic is not over yet, and hope that people will remain cautious and wear masks when taking public transportation, indoor public places, etc. to fight against the epidemic "Be serious".

Altman said in the interview that he was "worried and frustrated" that the "long crown" caused by the wave of spread of the Omicron strain will continue to destroy the lives of people of different ages. He criticized some European countries for "losing the will to fight the epidemic", and commented on the British government's repeated public statements that it would not take further anti-epidemic actions, saying that in the UK "in the race against the virus, the virus has firmly controlled the battlefield. We Lost interest (in fighting), but the virus didn't."

The British "Long Crown" SOS organization pointed out that so many people have been affected by the "Long Crown", which is "not only a personal tragedy, but also a social, health and labor issue." According to a research report by the Brookings Institution in the United States, if patients with "new crown" cannot recover as soon as possible, the economic burden will continue to increase.

American media reported that the impact of the "new crown" on public health and the labor market cannot be underestimated, but the US government has allowed the epidemic to spread, and many social "sequelae" are seriously dragging down the US economy and tearing apart American society. An article published by the Niskanen Center, an American think tank, pointed out that "the overall response of the United States to the pandemic must be judged as a shocking and frustrating failure."

On the one hand, the new subtype of the Omicron strain set off a new wave of infection peaks, and on the other hand, the anti-epidemic "lay down" in some Western countries such as the United States. The "long crown" and the social problems it brings have once again sounded the alarm to people that the threat of the new crown epidemic to the world is far from over.

(Editors in charge: Yu Yang, Cui Yue)

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