Episode 47: LONG COVID 19 & THE PENIS: All you needed to know… but didn’t!!

by | Aug 17, 2021 | The Penis Project Podcast

COVID 19 has finally descended upon Australia at a time when we least expected it. After 18 months of living a relatively normal life – despite occasional lock downs and mask- wearing becoming common place- as of August 2021, life is now very different.  We are currently witnessing the full impact of the Delta strain pandemic sweeping our country, and like bushfire, we are succumbing to infection levels not seen before. But we are way behind in our preparation, being one of the least vaccinated countries in the world…. And we are starting to pay!!

In this episode, we interview UK Physiotherapist Darren Brown who became an early COVID statistic himself. He describes the chaos, devastation and terrible losses as case numbers grew quickly, and of his own debilitating illness as a ‘’conscientious’’ front-line worker. For Darren, a 3-day illness led to an 18-month rollercoaster of illness – including more than 20 different symptoms, from being bedridden and requiring a walking stick as a young, healthy male to a regime of STOP! REST! PACE! towards a slow recovery…from a condition now known as ‘’LONG COVID’’

Not much is known about the long-term side effects of life beyond acute COVID infection- the 2-3 weeks of respiratory illness- but Darren shares all that he knows about LONG COVID, from his own experiences of 1000s of others he has since met. You will be shocked to learn the depth & breadth of the corona virus, it’s harrowing persistence and devastating side effects – potentially affecting every organ including the brain, heart, lungs, limbs and even the penis!!

Darren’s background working in HIV & Immunology as a Physiotherapist, his academic pursuits as a clinical research and his role in advocacy for World Physiotherapy (WCPT), make this discussion riveting – his knowledge base is second to none. A number of resources are listed below, including Darren’s own website and podcast series “Long COVID Physio.”

If you’re keen to keep yourself, your community and your penis healthy (if you have/ know one), then PLEASE LISTEN! LEARN & SHARE!!! This may be our most important podcast to date.

~ Dr. Jo

Helpful links below: 

1) Long COVID Physio


2) Patient Led Research Collaborative


3) Patient Led Research Collaborative – characterising Long COVID


4) ONS Long COVID prevalece


5) ONS social impacts of Long COVID


6) More than 2 million people with Long COVID in the U.K.


7) Long COVID Symptoms CDC


8) Long COVID symptoms NICE


9) Long COVID Symptoms Nature


10) European Observatory “preparing for Long COVID”


11) World Physiotherapy Briefing Paper on safe rehabilitation approaches for people living with Long COVID


12) Delphi guideline on recognising, diagnosing and managing Long COVID


13) Persistent exertional intolerance


14) Post Exertional Symptom Exacerbation


15) Long COVID Tachycardia Syndrome


16) Changes in Long COVID symptoms with vaccines


17) COVID-19 erectile dysfunction


18) COVID-19 Endothelial Dysfunction Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction


The Penis Project Podcast is the place to come to find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about men’s health but were too embarrassed to ask.

The Penis Project is sponsored by PROST! Exercise for Prostate Cancer.inc and the Yoga Vine. PROST is a not for profit organization in Western Australia is a not for profit organisation that provides professionally guided exercise training and support to men during Prostate Cancer treatment, to optimise preparation and recovery.

The Yoga Vine is a Perth based studio operating for the past 8 years on St Georges terrace in the heart of the CBD, offering daily classes as well as a suite of Professional education and personal development programs for students, Yoga Teachers and the broader community. They are based in Perth CBD and provide a full range of corporate Yoga, mindfulness and wellness packages, seminars and workshops designed to keep your workplace productive, positive and healthy.

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