Illustrations: Sisi Yu

‘Gaslighted by the Medical System’: The Covid-19 Patients Left Behind

When there’s only so much care to go around, the medical system leans too hard on test results — and prejudice

“It feels like being gaslighted by a disease — or by the medical system.”

Physicians “have to be able to hold the abnormal result in their hands. And if they don’t, they say, ‘Well, all the tests are normal, so nothing’s wrong. Must be in your head.’”

Since the coronavirus can incite vague, hard-to-measure symptoms, such as fatigue, headache and brain fog, it is the perfect type of ailment to inspire physician disbelief.

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