Category Archives: Covid19

Good News

Went to the hardware store, the grocery store and the booze store. For the first time, everybody was wearing a mask. In fact, all of the stores required them.

Only took three and a half months.

C19 – long term damage

​One in three patients who recover from coronavirus could be harmed for life, with long-term damage to their lungs, as well as chronic fatigue and psychological disturbances, research suggests.

Experts said there was growing evidence that the virus could cause persistent or even permanent trauma, including impairment to the brain and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

NHS guidance seen by The Telegraph suggests that around 30 per cent of patients who recover from Covid-19 may be left with damaged and scarred lung tissue, if it follows patterns of similar diseases.

Pass.

Mask Note

The mantra about the mask is “It doesn’t protect you from other people, it protects them from you!” Mask wearing is supposed to be altruistic rather than preventative.

People take this to mean they don’t need to wear a mask if they don’t feel sick. Yet you can have C19 and not know it for days, or you might never know it. So, people won’t be wearing masks when they need them because they don’t know they need them.

So, the mantra should be: masks stop transmission.

Don’t make mask wearing conditional on the health of the wearer. Don’t make it altruistic. Just require it.

Duh and Facepalm

Since the start of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have recorded their highest-ever seven-day average of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to data tracked by The Washington Post: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Re-open!

Coronavirus May Be a Vascular Disease

In April, blood clots emerged as one of the many mysterious symptoms attributed to Covid-19, a disease that had initially been thought to largely affect the lungs in the form of pneumonia. Quickly after came reports of young people dying due to coronavirus-related strokes. Next it was Covid toes — painful red or purple digits.

What do all of these symptoms have in common? An impairment in blood circulation. Add in the fact that 40% of deaths from Covid-19 are related to cardiovascular complications, and the disease starts to look like a vascular infection instead of a purely respiratory one.

Blood vessel damage could also explain why people with pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease are at a higher risk for severe complications from a virus that’s supposed to just infect the lungs. All of those diseases cause endothelial cell dysfunction, and the additional damage and inflammation in the blood vessels caused by the infection could push them over the edge and cause serious problems.

It’s Over!

Went to get a pizza last night.

Our little downtown was as busy as it was in the Before Time. Also, absolutely nobody was wearing a mask, except me. Nobody in the pizza place. Not the woman ahead of me, wearing scrubs. Nobody waiting outside the other restaurants. Nobody inside in the restaurants (that I could see). Nobody outside the gas stations, the beer shop or any of our 85 auto parts stores.

I suspect there will be a reckoning in June.

#1

My county currently has the highest number of C19 cases, per-capita, in the state!

It’s a pretty small county, only 70K people. But we have a nursing home with 100+ cases and a poultry processing plant with 140+ cases. And together, they account for almost half of our 490 current cases.

Let’s reopen!

Instant Classic

Here’s an actual headline / subhead on WaPo right now:

Democrats have proposed $100 billion for struggling renters. It may not be enough.
The plan was part of their $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which Republicans quickly rejected.

It goes on:

House Democrats included $100 billion for a national rental assistance program in their $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill this week.

Republicans quickly rejected the proposed legislation, and some tenant advocacy groups say $100 billion will not be enough.

That last ‘and’ sure is doing a lot of work, connecting two those completely unrelated items.

Would the Republicans not have “quickly rejected” it if the Dems had proposed more? OF COURSE NOT!

But, blame has been placed.