The Loch Ness monster: a modern history + "Ghosts" in the gut may cause long COVID

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The Loch Ness monster: a modern history

EXCERPT: . . . Most reports of the Loch Ness monster don’t feature long necks. Biochemist (and Nessie investigator) Roy Mackal said in 1976 there were over 10,000 reports of the Loch Ness monster but gave no evidence to back this, and a table in his book Monsters of Loch Ness only contains 251 reports. I know of 1,452 distinct encounters. Only about 20% of the reports mention a neck of any length, so it is not the monster’s normal form. Also less than 1% of creatures in the reports are described as reptilian or scaly. So I think it reasonable to assume that whatever the reported phenomena of the Loch Ness monster is founded on, it is not based on glimpses of a prehistoric reptile.

In reality, the Loch Ness monster has multiple identities. It may not be a walrus, moose, camel or visiting extra-terrestrials, as some have suggested, but could be a myriad of anthropogenic (boats, wakes, debris) and natural (animals, vegetation mats) and physical phenomena (wind effects, reflections). The Loch Ness monster can vary in colour from pink to black, it can be matt or glossy, furry or scaly. It can have humps and manes, it can have horns and travel at great speed or not move at all. No one identity captures the variety of Nessie’s reported features.

This suggests that Nessie is a function of human psychology rather than nature. And perhaps it is human psychology rather than nature that has sustained the idea of Nessie since the 1930s.

So what did the latest witnesses see? The reality is we have too little information to reach a firm conclusion about what was happening in the video footage. The problem with the vast majority of Nessie reports, is that they simply lack details you need to identify an animal. And any details that are reported may be misinterpretations. The fact that the visible wake moves indicates it was an actual animal (rather than snagged vegetation). But was it a 20-30ft animal or some waterfowl or an otter under the water that created a large wake in smooth water? We will simply never know... (MORE - missing details)

"Ghosts" In The Gut May Be Behind Long COVID

EXCERPT: Long COVID – the name that’s risen for cases where symptoms from COVID linger for months or even years after the initial infection clears up – is something of a mystery. It seems to occur in somewhere between one in 10 and one in three cases, and can sometimes be completely debilitating, but what causes it, and who is most susceptible, still eludes researchers.

But Bhatt’s study is one of a growing number that suggest it may be caused, at least in part, by fragments of the original infection sticking around in the gut – COVID “ghosts,” Bhatt calls them.

“SARS-CoV-2 might be hanging out at the gut or even other tissues for a longer period of time than it sticks around in the respiratory tract, and there it can basically continue to kind of tickle our immune system and induce some of these long-term consequences,” she explained.

Bhatt’s isn’t the only research that has linked Long COVID to the gut... (MORE - missing details)

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