BEWARE! Most Long COVID-19 Clinics Are Basically Scams As Many Of The Doctors There Are Basically Scammers Who Lack Knowledge About The Disease!
In the last 16 months, we had numerous so called Long COVID clinics or rehabilitation centers set up around the world claiming to be able to treat long COVID-19 conditions. Unknown to many, except for a few such clinics in the United States (4), United Kingdom(2), Italy (2) and Vietnam (2), the rest are basically scams as most of these doctors are totally clueless about details of the pathogenesis of the COVID-19 disease and are not involved in research nor are they even updated with the various research on Long COVID
To date, based on published literature, the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants may possibly disrupt and dysregulate up to 387 if not more, human host cellular pathways, cellular processes and genes and day by day we are uncovering the latest details and updated data about these affects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Numerous human genes and proteins are being upregulated or downregulated and every one of these has a chain reaction in the human body as to how they affect the cellular functions, immune system, hormones, organs, various other body functions.
In fact, it has now been concluded that SARS-CoV-2 is not just a respiratory disease but rather a disease that affects all thirteen body systems ie Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic System (Now separated from the immune system), Immune System Respiratory System, Digestive System, Urinary System, and Reproductive System (Female and Male).
Shockingly, many private hospitals and doctors who are basically charlatans are trying to find new ways to generate profits by setting up these long COVID clinics when in reality most of them are not qualified to treat these conditions. Most of them when questioned, cannot even tell you the details of how a possible ailment could be arising due to the SARS-CoV- infection and are simply trying to treat the symptoms based of whatever garbage they have learnt from the past!
In Thailand for instance, there is not a single doctor who is properly qualified to treat Long COVID as when you speak to any of them, they lack any detailed knowledge about how a particular pathway could be affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus leading to the arising medical condition. These doctors do not have the full knowledge about how the virus is causing these long COVID conditions.Not a single one of these doctors can name you at least 10 pathways that are being disrupted or dysregulated and the details of the mechanisms involved! (note that there more than 387 so far!) Most of these doctors will basically ask their patients to do a variety of expensive diagnostic and imaging tests as they get cuts from these billings and they will dish out standard drugs to numb the symptoms ie painkillers, NSAIDs or other drugs to treat certain conditions but on a superficial basis.
A few so called specialized antiaging and wellness clinics in Thailand run by foreigners (not sure if they are licensed) and some by greedy and unscrupulous Thai doctors are dishing out expensive and overpriced intravenous vitamins and antioxidants, glutathione, placenta extracts and also stem cells to treat long COVID! Note that some of these therapies have not been approved by the medical community but do not complain to the medical regulatory boards there as they are all in cahoots and protect their own kind and actually do not have much intern
ational credibility. Rather complain to the consumer boards or contact your lawyers.
The same is happening in India, where many ignorant and stupid Indian doctors are claiming to be able to treat Long COVID-19. Some are resorting to even promoting Indian ayurvedic remedies, homeopathic cures and even phytochemical concoctions made by bogus companies Owned by non-medical personnel who are basically regurgitating studies without permission from other sources to make fake claims on their products) as these doctors get commissions from the sales of these products or are paid to manipulate studies to promote these products.
All patients seeking Long COVID-19 treatments should do their own due diligence and always ask as many questions to the doctors claiming to be able to treat the conditions and if they cannot provide you satisfactory replies, simply drop them and also report them. Also do a lot of research yourselves before checking out a doctor. They are lots of published studies online and also articles on these long COVID-19 conditions, acquaint yourselves before seeing a doctor and also always check out what meds the doctors are prescribing. Many lazy and greedy doctors simply like to prescribe medications that mask the symptoms temporarily but long-term use of some these drugs can always cause more medical conditions in the long run.
There are very few good doctors around these days and the medical profession these days are tainted by doctors seeking fame and money. If you see a doctor that is posting often on twitter and other social media platforms, stay aware as he or she is probably trash and belong the gender of doctors seeking fame on such platforms. Real qualified and sough after doctors do not have time to tweet that often each day!
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Note: Thailand Medical News is proud to say that we were involved with the set-up of the two Long COVID clinics in Vietnam since July 2020 and have worked with researchers and doctors in the United States and the United Kingdom in developing lots of treatment protocols, proper diagnostic procedures and constantly updated Long COVID data for uploading in certain CDS (Clinical Decision Support) systems in Vietnam and elsewhere.