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7 hours ago, BossHog said:

Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Dostoyesky etc.

I lived on the same dirt road in Cavendish, Vermont as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.  I had read Day in the Life and Gulag Archipelago before seeing him.  Never talked to him, but we'd wave when I drove by him when he was walking his dog.  Never has a Russian looked more Russian-er - huge crazy beard and all. 

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From an on line Senior's website which I'm a Member  https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/health/covid19/glasses-cut-covid-infections-study? This although not conclusive I found interesting as

Yep, 39% effective against actually getting the Delta variant or showing symptoms. The same study also found the Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective in preventing hospitalisation and 91% effective in

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Antidote implies a poison...

Russians.  There's a certain mindset with them.

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7 hours ago, Irenicus said:

I lived on the same dirt road in Cavendish, Vermont as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.  I had read Day in the Life and Gulag Archipelago before seeing him.  Never talked to him, but we'd wave when I drove by him when he was walking his dog.  Never has a Russian looked more Russian-er - huge crazy beard and all. 

My next door neighbor when I was a boy was Jonas Salk. He invented a vaccine. We were always told to hold him in the highest regard. I sometimes hit baseballs into his yard by mistake, One time he handed a baseball back to me and suggested we maybe should play ball in a nearby park instead of around his backyard. In retrospect that makes perfect sense. He was a fairly smart fellow.

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" Colorado health officials said an Elbert County man in his 20s was in isolation after becoming infected. It has since been found in California as well."



Health officials in Florida have confirmed the state's first case of a new coronavirus strain.

The person infected was described as a Martin County man in his 20s with no history of travel, the state Department of Health said Thursday.

"The Department is working with the CDC on this investigation," the department tweeted. "We encourage all to continue practicing COVID-19 mitigation."

The first case of the new strain -- called B.1.1.7 -- in the United States was announced Tuesday. Colorado health officials said an Elbert County man in his 20s was in isolation after becoming infected. It has since been found in California as well.


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2 hours ago, lamoe said:

" Colorado health officials said an Elbert County man in his 20s was in isolation after becoming infected. It has since been found in California as well."

Yeah, old news, thus the ban from traveling from the US to the PH.

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Covid 2?

Or whatever they're calling the new strain.  Any news on it?  Is it spreading rapidly? Are there monitoring sites set up for it still lumped with the original?  Perhaps the most important question, does the vaccine have any effect on it?

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I Just spoke with my sister (79) in the UK. 

Had her Covide19 vacination ( Astra Zeneca,) last Saturday.Had to present at the town hall at 1.17pm .She queried this Time with the nurse who rang ,but no it was correct. My sister said it was run like a military Operation .

Anyway asked to sit and wait for 15 minutes as she was driving to see if no adverse reactions. Only has sore arm. The second jab is apparently in around 3 week's...

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Members of the WHO team that went to China in January to investigate the origins of the Covid outbreak are saying that China refused to turn over patient data that they requested for their investigation. They also refused access to patients that the team requested to interview.


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COVID-19 Ranks as a Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

COVID-19 became a leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, particularly for people over age 35, according to a report published in JAMA.

Adults over age 45 were more likely to die from COVID-19 than car crashes, respiratory diseases, drug overdoses, and suicide. And those over age 55 faced even higher rates of dying due to the coronavirus.

“The current exponential increase in COVID-19 is reaching a calamitous scale in the U.S.,” the authors wrote. “Putting these numbers in perspective may be difficult.”

Population health researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University put COVID-19 deaths into context by comparing this year’s numbers to the leading causes of death for March through October 2018, sorting by age.

By October 2020, COVID-19 had become the third leading cause of death overall for those between the ages of 45 and 84, following after heart disease and cancer. For those over age 85, COVID-19 was the second leading cause of death, surpassing cancer and following behind heart disease.

For people ages 35-44, COVID-19 surpassed car crashes and respiratory diseases and was slightly lower than suicide, heart disease, and cancer. For those under age 35, drug overdoses, suicide, and car crashes remained the leading causes of death.

Importantly, the authors wrote, death rates for the two leading causes -- heart disease and cancer -- are about 1,700 and 1,600 per day, respectively. COVID-19 deaths have surpassed these numbers individually throughout December and, on Wednesday, beat them combined. More than 3,400 deaths were reported, according to the COVID Tracking Project, marking an all-time high that continues to increase. Hospitalizations were also at a new high, with more than 113,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the country, and another 232,000 new cases were reported.

“With COVID-19 mortality rates now exceeding these thresholds, this infectious disease has become deadlier than heart disease and cancer,” the authors wrote. “Its lethality may increase further as transmission increases with holiday travel and gatherings and with the intensified indoor exposure that winter brings.”

The reported number of COVID-19 deaths is likely a 20% underestimate, they wrote, due to delays in reporting and an increase in non-COVID-19 deaths that were undetected and untreated because of pandemic-related disruptions. Since the coronavirus is communicable and spreads easily, COVID-19 deaths are particularly unique and worrying, they said.

“Individuals who die from homicide or cancer do not transmit the risk of morbidity and mortality to those nearby,” they wrote. “Every COVID-19 death signals the possibility of more deaths among close contacts.”

The fall surge in cases and deaths is widespread nationally, as compared to the spring, with hot spots on both coasts and in rural areas, according to an accompanying editorial in JAMA from public health researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. People of color have faced twice the death rate as well, with one in 875 Black people and one in 925 Indigenous people dying from COVID-19, as compared with one in 1,625 white people.

“The year 2020 ends with COVID-19 massively surging, as it was in the spring, to be the leading cause of death,” they wrote. “The accelerating numbers of deaths fall far short of fully capturing each devastating human story: Every death represents untold loss for countless families.”

Vaccines offer hope, they said, but won’t prevent the upcoming increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths this winter. In 2021, containing the pandemic will require national coordination, resources to help overwhelmed health care workers, new support for state and local public health officials, a stimulus package for schools and businesses, and financial aid for people on the brink of eviction. The country needs federal coordination of testing, contact tracing, personal protective equipment, travel precautions, and a face mask mandate, they wrote.

“Ending this crisis will require not only further advances in treatment but also unprecedented commitment to all aspects of prevention, vaccination, and public health,” they wrote. “Only by doing so can future years see this illness revert back to the unfamiliar and unknown condition it once was.”



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Three Most Dangerous Underlying Conditions for COVID-19

These chronic health problems worry doctors the most when it comes to the coronavirus

by Michelle Crouch, AARP, February 3, 2021

As the coronavirus pandemic rounds the corner on its first year, doctors and researchers are getting a better handle on which patients are most likely to end up fighting for their lives after getting COVID-19 — and which ones are most likely to recover.

It's well-established that risk increases with age. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also lists nearly two dozen health conditions that could put you at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying of COVID-19.

But which conditions are the most dangerous?

AARP asked several physicians on the front lines which health conditions worry them most. Although their responses were varied, three answers came up again and again: diabetes, high blood pressure/underlying heart disease and obesity.

Their experience aligns with the results of one of the largest studies so far on COVID-19 mortality, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in late December. It analyzed data from nearly 67,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients and found the following health conditions are associated with a higher risk of death:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes (with complications such as organ damage)
  • High blood pressure (with complications such as heart damage or kidney disease)

All three are inflammatory diseases that are prevalent among American adults, and experts say they are closely linked.

Obesity is a risk factor for diabetes and high blood pressure, and diabetes can contribute to high blood pressure. Meanwhile, both diabetes and high blood pressure can trigger kidney disease and lung disease, two other conditions that make COVID-19 more risky, according to the CDC.

"It's hard from experience to pinpoint one or two diseases because, honestly, it's very rare that someone has just one thing,” said Brian Garibaldi, M.D., a critical care doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who developed a model for evaluating COVID-19 patients. “It's worse to have four or five chronic conditions than it is to have only one."

Other dangerous conditions mentioned by the physicians include dementia, chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Immunocompromised patients, those who smoke and those with organ transplants also raise concern.

For patients, knowing how much an underlying condition raises your risk can help you make more informed decisions about protecting your health and how comfortable you feel participating in activities that could expose you to the coronavirus — especially now that faster-spreading variants are circulating.

High-risk condition: Obesity

What the numbers say: Obese people diagnosed with COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized and about 50 percent more likely to die compared to patients who are a healthy weight, according to a meta-analysis published in Obesity Reviews. (Obesity is defined as those with a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or above.)

While obesity is often linked to other health problems, doctors say they have been struck by how hard COVID-19 hits even those obese patients who have no other underlying conditions.

"I think the one [health condition] that has really stuck out is obesity,” said Jakob McSparron, M.D., a critical care doctor at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Mich. “In particular, it seems as though obesity among younger patients is a notable risk factor."

Why it's dangerous with COVID-19: Obesity can make it harder for a person's lungs to expand, impairing breathing and oxygenation. In addition, extra fat, especially around the belly, is linked to chronic inflammation that can weaken the immune response. Obesity is also believed to increase your risk of blood clots.

What you can do: Because your risk of complications from COVID-19 is directly correlated to your BMI, if you're among the 42 percent of Americans who are obese, even a small amount of weight loss can make a difference, said cardiologist Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., dean of Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

"It takes weeks, not years,” he said. “It's very well documented that even losing five pounds makes a difference in your metabolic health. With a few small lifestyle changes — eat a little healthier, exercise a little more, get more sleep — you could very plausibly lower your risk of severe illness from COVID-19."

High-risk condition: High blood pressure

What the numbers say: When researchers analyzed 22 studies from eight countries last year, they found that high blood pressure was present in 42 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, making it the most prevalent health condition by far. Even more stunning: Those patients had twice the risk of death compared with patients without high blood pressure, said Vikramaditya Samala Venkata, M.D., one of the study's authors and a hospital medicine physician at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, N.H.

The news isn't all bad, however. The Clinical Infectious Diseases study on COVID-19 mortality found that hypertension on its own raised the death rate only for those under age 40, said study author Anthony Harris, M.D., an epidemiologist at the University of Maryland.

For those age 40 and older, mortality risk increased only if their high blood pressure had caused a complication such as heart damage or chronic kidney disease.

Why it's dangerous with COVID-19: Experts believe COVID-19 damages the cells that line blood vessels, causing clots and making it harder for them to carry oxygen.

What you can do: Follow your doctor's advice to keep your blood pressure under control. Studies show patients with unregulated high blood pressure are at greater risk from COVID-19 compared with patients who take medication to control it.

High-risk condition: Diabetes

What the numbers say: An analysis of the medical records of 61 million people in England published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that the risk of dying from COVID-19 was almost three times higher for people with type 1 diabetes and almost twice as high for people with type 2 diabetes, compared with those without.

Again, Harris's Clinical Infectious Diseases mortality study found that whether the diabetes had caused a complication such as organ damage or kidney disease played a role.

"For most ages, if you have just plain old diabetes with no complications, [or] plain old hypertension with no complications, you either had very little risk or no higher risk” of death, Harris said.

Why it's dangerous with COVID-19: High blood sugar weakens the immune systems, making it harder for your body to fight off infections. “Diabetes puts you at risk for both cardiovascular complications and infectious complications — and we know both of those things are common with COVID,” said Luke Davis, M.D., a critical care physician associated with the Yale School of Public Health.

What you can do: Stay on top of your blood sugar levels. Patients with well-controlled diabetes have a COVID-19 death rate of about 1 percent, according to a study published in Cell Metabolism. In those with poorly controlled disease, however, the rate rises to 11 percent.

If you have one of these conditions

In addition to following your doctor's advice on managing your condition and taking standard COVID-19 precautions, doctors offer these tips for especially high-risk patients:

Upgrade your mask. Some experts recommend doubling up or choosing an FDA-approved KN-95.

Consider investing in a pulse oximeter, a device that measures blood oxygen saturation. A falling oxygen level can be an early sign that your health is deteriorating.

If you test positive for the coronavirus, ask your doctor if you're a good candidate for monoclonal antibodies, a life-saving treatment that can cut hospitalizations among high-risk patients by as much as 70 percent. Some doctors say not enough people know about the treatment, which must be given before a patient is hospitalized.



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19 hours ago, Salty Dog said:


Good God, Dog. It's weeding out fat asses. Lucky for us we got the vaccine!

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Good God, Dog. It's weeding out fat asses. Lucky for us we got the vaccine!

Good luck with that.  The Brazil variant may make the vaccine ineffective.  Whatever you do, don't get the Brazillian! :dance2:


A recent study suggests the Brazilian variant may be resisting antibodies in people who should have some immunity because they have caught and recovered from an earlier version of coronavirus.


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MUMBAI: A growing number of current and recovered COVID-19 patients in India are contracting a deadly and rare fungal infection, doctors told AFP on Monday (May 10) as the vast nation battles to contain a massive outbreak of virus cases.


The world's second most populous nation on Monday reported nearly 370,000 coronavirus infections to take the overall number of cases to just under 22.7 million, and more than 3,700 new deaths.

Experts warn that the actual number of cases and fatalities could be much higher.

Mucormycosis, dubbed "black fungus" by doctors in India, is usually most aggressive in patients whose immune systems are weakened by other infections.

Medical experts said they had seen a rise in cases in India in recent weeks, while the health ministry on Sunday released an advisory on how to treat the infection.

"The cases of mucormycosis infection in COVID-19 patients post-recovery is nearly four to five times than those reported before the pandemic," Ahmedabad-based infectious diseases specialist Atul Patel, a member of the state's COVID-19 taskforce, told AFP.

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