In addition to respiratory distress, patients with COVID-19 can experience blood clotting disorders that can lead to strokes, and extreme inflammation that attacks multiple organ systems. The virus can also cause neurological complications that range from headache, dizziness and loss of taste or smell to seizures and confusion.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... e=facebook
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is, this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”
Scientists in China are reporting a strain of flu virus found in pigs has become more infectious to humans. In a new study, the scientists warn the virus has the potential to become a pandemic virus, but other scientists have downplayed the risk posed by the virus, which has been circulating for five years.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/30/dr-anth ... c-flu.html
"The window for making important decisions hasn't closed," he argues in a new Washington Post op-ed.
Gates also thinks we can get a vaccine in less than 18 months, which would be the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed.
https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-ga ... red-2020-4
COVID-19 has made clear what happens when even powerful, wealthy countries are inadequately prepared for rare but ruinous events. Months into the pandemic, international alliances are strained, resources are diminished, and experts are demoralized. The longer this fiasco drags on, the more vulnerable America becomes to further disasters: inbound hurricanes, wildfires, and many other viruses that lie in wait."
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... lu/614152/
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... hs/612679/
I wrote a new piece about the 9 errors of intuition that people keep making during the pandemic, trapping us in a spiral of bad decisions & policies. This is a guide to thinking about the crisis & breaking free from that endless loop.
Beating COVID-19 isn't just about more tests, masks, or things. Many of the problems that have tripped us up are conceptual. Magical thinking. False dichotomies. Conflating imperfect with useless. Blaming individuals over fixing systems. These errors of intuition cropped up in debates over masks, social-distancing, ventilation, and colleges. They’ll appear again when we have a vaccine. These errors aren’t unique to COVID-19. But they’ve been exacerbated by features of this particular pandemic, and by the people who are meant to lead the US out of it--but have instead made things much worse. Winter is coming. We must reset, and "adjust our thinking to match the problem before us," according to one sociologist I spoke to.
Throughout the year, I’ve tried to write pieces that help us make sense of this generation-defining crisis, deal with the constant gaslighting, see the bigger picture, and find structure amid uncertainty and complexity. I hope this new one helps.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... er/616204/
Medical supply chains that span oceans and continents are the fragile lifelines between raw materials and manufacturers overseas, and health care workers on COVID-19 front lines in the U.S. As link after link broke, the system fell apart.
This catastrophic collapse was one of the country’s most consequential failures to control the virus. And it wasn’t unexpected: For decades, politicians and corporate officials ignored warnings about the risks associated with America’s overdependence on foreign manufacturing, and a lack of adequate preparation at home, the AP and FRONTLINE found.
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/arti ... umvKoBhLAM
Last weekend, when Americans were reacting to election results, many doctors and nurses were working long ER shifts caring for COVID-19 patients. Many people have habituated to the horror of the pandemic. Health-care workers are still drowning in it. I wrote about what they are going through, how exhausted and scared they are, and what this third pandemic surge is doing to them. It’s not like the first two. It’s worse. It's wider. How much slack is left in the system? A nurse in Iowa told me: “There is none.”
The issue isn’t beds or ventilators. It’s people. In many states, there already aren’t enough nurses/docs to care for the incoming COVID-19 patients--who are among the sickest people they've ever had to treat. The good news is that death rates are lower now than March. But that’s partly because health-care workers are savvier and better at treating COVID-19. Those gains are not givens. They’re *contingent on people not burning out*. And people are. Some are working 36-hour shifts. Some have grown numb to how many bags they've zipped up. And the cavalry isn't coming. The first two surges were concentrated in specific areas, so hard-hit hospitals could call for help. The big difference this time: The third surge is everywhere. Reinforcements are scarce.
Biden’s win gave many health-care workers a second wind. Help is coming. A vaccine is coming. There is absolutely hope on the horizon. But it’s still *on the horizon* and everything from here to there is on fire. So here is the crux of it: The U.S. must flatten the curve again. In the next weeks, we will collectively decide how many Americans die before they can get a vaccine next year and how many health-care workers are broken in the process.
This applies not just to the U.S. but to many other countries.
Please read this piece. Please share it. Please save the people who save everyone else.
And now? “I don’t see how we avoid becoming overwhelmed,” one of their doctors told me this week.
In the past two weeks, the hospital had to convert an entire building into a COVID-19 tower, from the top down. It now has 10 COVID-19 units, each taking up an entire hospital floor. Three of the units provide intensive care to the very sickest people, several of whom die every day. One unit solely provides “comfort care” to COVID-19 patients who are certain to die. “We’ve never had to do anything like this,” Angela Hewlett, the infectious-disease specialist who directs the hospital’s COVID-19 team, told me. “We are on an absolutely catastrophic path.”
Hospitalizations lag behind cases by ~12 days. In the last 12 days, Nebraska’s cases have gone from 82,400 to 109,280. Even if no one else is infected, that surge WILL slam into already stretched hospitals over Thanksgiving. Then what?
This is happening throughout the Midwest, and in some other parts of the country. Not even the best-prepared hospital can compensate for an unchecked pandemic. UNMC’s preparations didn’t fail so much as the U.S. created a situation in which hospitals could not possibly succeed.
If you're in the U.S., please read this and understand the stakes of the next few days.
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... ed/617156/
Stay safe. Keep everyone else safe."- Ed Jong
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... ys/617122/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc ... ge/617150/