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P169a


Long Covid: Future Orientations for Novel Pandemics [Medical Anthropology Europe Network] 
Convenors:
Nasima Selim (University of Bayreuth)
Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin)
Marcos Freire de Andrade Neves (Freie Universität Berlin - University of Edinburgh)
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Format:
Panel
Location:
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/007
Sessions:
Wednesday 27 July, 11:15-13:00

Short Abstract:

In the wake of "Long Covid", the panel explores future orientations and strategies to deal with the novel pandemics, in relation to the uncertain biosocial outcomes and long-term sociopolitical and economic inequalities resulting from the re/current Covid pandemic across the globe.

Long Abstract:

"Long Covid" is a term created by people suffering from persistent symptoms following a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. During the first wave of the Covid pandemic in 2020, people with "Long Covid" communicated with each other primarily on social media from where the "Long Covid" trope rapidly traveled to formal health discourses and policy discussions. In addition, novel symptoms have been detected in the subsequent waves of the pandemic, such as the fatal "black fungus" (mucormycosis) among Covid-afflicted patients in India. From social science perspectives, the heuristic term "Long Covid" encompasses not only the clinical dimensions, but also the pervasive biosocial, political, and economic consequences of the novel pandemic across the globe. From early on, apart from clinically evident effects on the physical health of the Covid-affected patients, the psychosocial impacts, ideological differences, and deepening global inequalities along vaccine patent rights and anti-vaccination movements, gender relations, intra- and cross-border immobilities, among others, were reported by the media and social sciences researchers. This panel seeks to articulate future orientations along with the term, framing, and extension of "Long Covid," learning to make the past and present of pandemics matter in creating sustainable futures, exploring the following questions: What are the long-term sociopolitical and economic effects of the Covid pandemic across the globe? How do we effectively discuss the uncertain biosocial consequences and global inequalities resulting from the pandemic? What kind of future orientations can we develop along the re/current novel pandemics and deal with their long-term consequences?

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