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Has COVID replaced syphilis as the great imitator? At the turn of the 20th century, Sir William Osler was quoted as saying, "He who knows syphilis knows medicine."

If you have any doubts about the "imitator" analogy, simply use any broad search engine or AI portal and enter "what is the differential diagnosis of primary syphilis, or secondary syphilis, or tertiary syphilis?" A plethora of diseases across many body systems appears.

When asked about long COVID, this is what large language model source had to say:

Long COVID, also known as post-COVID conditions or PASC, is a complex condition that can occur in people who have had COVID-19, even if their initial illness was mild or even asymptomatic. It's characterized by a wide range of symptoms that can last for weeks, months, or even years after the initial infection.

Symptoms of long COVID can include: fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog (trouble thinking or concentrating), loss of smell or taste, sleep problems, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, dizziness, depression or anxiety, heart palpitations, gastrointestinal problems. Head over to Medscape to read the full story.