136: Long Term Effects

I have a friend who is still suffering from the effects of COVID, months after he’s recovered, and that is seeming like it’s the norm. All the people that have lingering symptoms are people who are younger, who never went to the ICU and have seemingly recovered. But they never really do.

One recent study evaluated patients’ symptoms several weeks after they’d been discharged from the hospital and it found that only 12.6% of them were free of any coronavirus-related symptoms. This is just bonkers and mind-blowing.

It seems like there’s a good group of folks who have fatigue, difficulty breathing, joint and chest pain, cough and headaches. A WSJ article also digs in and says that many of these patients are “younger and had previously been healthy, with Covid cases initially considered mild to moderate. But months later they are still sick, and some are getting worse.”

One physician thinks most patients with long-term symptoms are developing dysautonomia, a neurological condition that occurs when the autonomic nervous system is out of balance. It’s not clear whether the condition is a result of an overactive immune system or the virus itself.

This damn coronavirus is only 6 months old and we basically still know very little about it. There are so many unique things to it. Here’s a good Atlantic article about this if you want to read more.

The Long Haul

Although yesterday’s vaccine news got me excited, I still think we’re in this state for a while. Graphs to show that too:

Crazy to think that 42% of Germans once expected the effects of the pandemic to end this summer, and consider that even with that the Germans are in love with Merkel and how she handled this whole event.

Other Stuff

This boat video is just crazy. It’s on the Ozarks and apparently they are going around 60 mph:

I think this accurately reflects how much I love ice cream as well:

I WISH our raccoon would do this when we catch them in the act:

Corona

The second-largest teachers’ union in the U.S. said it would support members who strike if schools don’t take steps to reopen safely.

The number of known infections among U.S. state prison inmates and officers has surged by 45 percent since July 1, to more than 80,000.

Since roughly July 16, the national daily case average has remained roughly the same. As you can see below, it appears we (the US) is plateauing.

So the country is coming back down. It seems cases are decreasing. We’re all doing a good job. Let’s not be like this:

 

That is all. Have a great day. 🙂

Only 64 more days to go

 

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