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Rogue antibodies could be driving severe COVID-19


https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00149-1

Evidence is beginning to emerge that some of the systemic organ damage in severe cases of Covid-19 may be caused by the virus inducing the body to create auto-antibodies against its own tissues. What ELSE does this damn virus have in store?

#health #coronavirus
 

"What new devilry...?"

Rogue antibodies could be driving severe COVID-19


https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00149-1

Evidence is beginning to emerge that some of the systemic organ damage in severe cases of Covid-19 may be caused by the virus inducing the body to create auto-antibodies against its own tissues. What ELSE does this damn virus have in store?

#health #coronavirus
 

Covid: How a £20 gadget could save lives | BBC News

One of the mysteries of Covid-19 is why oxygen levels in the blood can drop to dangerously low levels without the patient noticing.
It is known as "silent hypoxia".
As a result, patients have been arriving in hospital in far worse health than they realised and, in some cases, too late to treat effectively.
But a potentially life-saving solution, in the form of a pulse oximeter, allows patients to monitor their oxygen levels at home, and costs about £20.
You don't need any medical training to use one, either. You just put it on the end of your finger and turn it on and wait. In a few seconds, it should give you a reading of somewhere between 95 and 100 if you're healthy.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #technology #tech #oximetry
 

New Covid strain: Germany discovers Covid variant in Bavaria | CNBC

Germany is the latest country to discover a new mutation of the coronavirus, with a new variant identified among a group of hospital patients in Bavaria.
An unknown variant of the virus had been discovered among 35 patients at a hospital in the Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southeast Germany.
Further tests are being carried out on virus samples from the patients.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Moderna says possible allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine under investigation | Reuters

Moderna Inc said on Tuesday it had received a report from California’s health department that several people at a center in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions to its COVID-19 vaccine from a particular batch.
The company’s comments come after California’s top epidemiologist on Sunday issued a statement recommending providers pause vaccination from lot no. 41L20A due to possible allergic reactions that are under investigation.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Researchers warn of another Covid spike if people mix after vaccine | World news | The Guardian

Behavioural psychologist says many people mistakenly think they are safe as soon as they receive jab
I'm pretty sure that most people on Diaspora* aren't stupid, and won't just get their vaccination and go out and party. But I'm posting this in case you know some people who are likely to do just that.

1) The vaccination isn't fully effective until something like two weeks after you have it, and that might depend on which vaccine it is.

2) Someone coughs near a shelf in a supermarket. You pick up a carton of milk and transfer virus onto your hands. On the way out of the supermarket, you touch a door handle. Someone else touches the door handle and now they've got the virus. Even though the virus is mostly transmitted by aerosol, there is still a possibility of transmission by other means.

3) Just because you're vaccinated, doesn't mean you can't pass it on. If you breathe it in, your immune system might kill it off, but not necessarily before you've coughed it onto someone else.

You still need to wash your hands a lot. You still need to refrain from touching your face. You still need to keep about 6 feet between you and most other people. At least, until we're all much safer.

Don't mean to preach. It's just that, even a year down the line, there are still people who apparently don't know what's going on.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn | BBC News

About one in 10 people across the UK tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies in December, roughly double the October figure, data has shown.
Estimates from the Office for National Statistics suggest between 8% of people in Northern Ireland and 12% of people in England showed signs of past Covid infection.
This is just in the people who were tested.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Almost 30% of Covid patients in England readmitted to hospital after discharge – study | Society | The Guardian

Nearly a third of people who were discharged from hospitals in England after being treated for Covid-19 were readmitted within five months – and almost one in eight died, a study suggests.
Almost certainly not just in England, but I haven't seen any other figures.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Apple Watch may be able to detect coronavirus infection days before tests can | AppleInsider

The Apple Watch may be able to detect if a wearer has coronavirus days before they are diagnosed or symptoms appear, a new body of research shows.
In some cases, wearable devices like Apple Watch or Fitbit devices can predict a COVID-19 infection even before a user becomes symptomatic or the virus is detectable by standard tests, according to studies from a number of leading medical institutions (via CBS News).
#technology #tech #Apple #AppleWatch #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid denier Hannah Dean fined £200 for ‘empty hospital’ photos | Evening Standard

An anti-lockdown protester who has been photographing hospital wards in a bid to show they are “empty” has been fined £200 by police.
There has been a block on news about what has been happening in UK hospitals, imposed by the NHS Executive, but that has now eased. So we've seen what's happening in the Covid treatment wards; we've been kept informed by top doctors and nurses on Twitter; we know how harrowing it has been for front-line staff. Covid deniers won't be able to get away with this kind of behaviour for much longer.

#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #CovidDenial
 

COVID-19: Disruption to vaccine rollout as people trek for miles in snow for jabs - and others told to stay at home | UK News | Sky News

The disruption to the vaccine rollout comes after parts of the North saw snowfall overnight and more is forecast later today.
But, of course, the government planned in advance for the bad weather. Didn't they? Doesn't look like it. The UK pays an obscene amount for the upkeep of military forces. Can they not be deployed to affected areas?

On another D* thread, someone questioned the slow rollout of the vaccine. I said that, here in the UK, I can't tell the difference between the Tory government's gross incompetence on the one hand, and deliberate pursuit of a herd immunity strategy on the other.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #vaccine #CovidVaccine
 

COVID-19: UK 'taking steps' over coronavirus variant detected in Brazil, says Boris Johnson | Politics News | Sky News


BREAKING
The UK is "taking steps" to keep out cases of a coronavirus variant discovered in Brazil, the prime minister has said.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid: Large trial of new treatment begins in UK | BBC News

A large-scale trial of a new treatment it is hoped will help stop Covid-19 patients from developing severe illness has begun in the UK.
Inhaling nebulised interferon beta stimulates the immune system cut the odds of a Covid-19 patient in hospital developing severe disease - such as requiring ventilation - by almost 80%.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Doctors found another strange coronavirus symptom no one can explain | BGR

Some of the people infected with the novel coronavirus who survive COVID-19 will then experience persistent symptoms for weeks or even months after the illness, in what’s known as “Long COVID.”
Doctors are still trying to understand the lingering symptoms, with the Westchester Medical Center in New York running a treatment and study program for long haulers.
Now, a new report explains another strange coronavirus symptom that can appear with Long COVID: Some people have experienced skin peeling off their hands and a strange purple discoloration in their fingers.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Doctors found another strange coronavirus symptom no one can explain
 

6 Months After Infection, 76% of COVID-19 Patients Are Still Suffering Symptoms


#COVID-19 #Covid Long Haulers #Coronavirus #Pandemic #Medical #Health

And this, my friends, is one of my top bullet points as to why I do NOT want to become infected with this shit.

I fear that as time goes by and the vaccine rolls out more broadly, folks will again become lax in their behaviors; partying in large crowds, no mask wearing, forgetting to wash hands, etc.

This could be a very bad scenario. How many "lock downs" and how much self-isolating can we expect to be required to deal with? Sadly, I'm pretty sure we'll still be in similar, possibly worse, straits around this time next year (2022).

In a related article...

Up to 60% of US health workers are refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines


This is very disturbing. I'd like to hear their reasoning for this. Unfortunately, this is NOT going to inspire the regular folks in the streets positively regarding getting themselves vaccinated promptly.
 

6 Months After Infection, 76% of COVID-19 Patients Are Still Suffering Symptoms


#COVID-19 #Covid Long Haulers #Coronavirus #Pandemic #Medical #Health

And this, my friends, is one of my top bullet points as to why I do NOT want to become infected with this shit.

I fear that as time goes by and the vaccine rolls out more broadly, folks will again become lax in their behaviors; partying in large crowds, no mask wearing, forgetting to wash hands, etc.

This could be a very bad scenario. How many "lock downs" and how much self-isolating can we expect to be required to deal with? Sadly, I'm pretty sure we'll still be in similar, possibly worse, straits around this time next year (2022).

In a related article...

Up to 60% of US health workers are refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines


This is very disturbing. I'd like to hear their reasoning for this. Unfortunately, this is NOT going to inspire the regular folks in the streets positively regarding getting themselves vaccinated promptly.
 

6 Months After Infection, 76% of COVID-19 Patients Are Still Suffering Symptoms


#COVID-19 #Covid Long Haulers #Coronavirus #Pandemic #Medical #Health

And this, my friends, is one of my top bullet points as to why I do NOT want to become infected with this shit.

I fear that as time goes by and the vaccine rolls out more broadly, folks will again become lax in their behaviors; partying in large crowds, no mask wearing, forgetting to wash hands, etc.

This could be a very bad scenario. How many "lock downs" and how much self-isolating can we expect to be required to deal with? Sadly, I'm pretty sure we'll still be in similar, possibly worse, straits around this time next year (2022).

In a related article...

Up to 60% of US health workers are refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines


This is very disturbing. I'd like to hear their reasoning for this. Unfortunately, this is NOT going to inspire the regular folks in the streets positively regarding getting themselves vaccinated promptly.
 

Boris Johnson spotted cycling seven miles from Downing Street in Olympic Park | Evening Standard

Boris Johnson was spotted seven miles from Downing Street cycling around the Olympic Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Prime Minister was wearing his TfL hat and a face mask when he was seen cycling with his security detail in Stratford, east London, at around 2pm.
Official Government guidance on exercise says it should be limited to once a day and “you should not travel outside your local area”.
#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #BorisJohnson #OneRuleForThem
 
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Je suis obligé de partager cette petite perle (sur laquelle je suis tombé sur un autre réseau social).

Src. (incertaine quant à l'auteur originel) : lien facebook

#USA #coupdetat #COVID19 #Coronavirus #Capitol #putsch
 
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Je suis obligé de partager cette petite perle (sur laquelle je suis tombé sur un autre réseau social).

Src. (incertaine quant à l'auteur originel) : lien facebook

#USA #coupdetat #COVID19 #Coronavirus #Capitol #putsch
 
Here's a summary of the latest guidance on #covid19 safety from Dr. Leana Wen:
  • Most transmission is through close contact
  • Don't forget aerosols
  • Outside 6-feet is good, but inside requires more distance & ventilation
  • Much less concern for surfaces
  • Masking is key
And here's a very good video to watch.

#COVID19 #coronavirus #safetyguidance #masks #handwashing #physicaldistancing
 
Here's a summary of the latest guidance on #covid19 safety from Dr. Leana Wen:
  • Most transmission is through close contact
  • Don't forget aerosols
  • Outside 6-feet is good, but inside requires more distance & ventilation
  • Much less concern for surfaces
  • Masking is key
And here's a very good video to watch.

#COVID19 #coronavirus #safetyguidance #masks #handwashing #physicaldistancing
 
For everyone who could do with some feelgood today:

#FeelGood #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing
 

Covid-19: The machine that breathes for Covid patients | BBC News

For people who are most sick with Covid-19 - those whose lungs have not been helped by a ventilator - there is another alternative: ECMO.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Letters to the World

This website was created for everyone to have a space to anonymously write about how they are feeling during these difficult times with COVID-19. I hope it helps people feel less alone and more connected to others. Looking after our mental health during the pandemic is so important.
An 18-year-old doctor-to-be called Daisy Davidson from Shrewsbury created this.

#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #psychology #psychotherapy #therapy #MentalHealth
 

Inside the Covid ward | UnHerd

All of our patients who die, do so alone. There is nobody to hold their hand. Nobody to comfort them
Reporting restrictions in the UK seem to have been eased recently, as more and more front-line workers are telling us how harrowing it is in the Covid wards.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Inside the Covid ward
 

2020 in pictures: Coronavirus in the UK | BBC News

A selection of some of the most striking images taken by news photographers covering the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.
#photography #photojournalism #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #2020
 

New Research Shows How Covid-19 Can Trigger Brain Damage | Gizmodo

New research out today looks to bring us closer to understanding how covid-19 can cause brain damage. The study suggests that while the viral infection may not directly reach the brain in most cases, it can spark the sort of destructive inflammation that’s seen with other neurological conditions, like stroke.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Why The 'Only 377 Healthy People Have Died Of Covid' Argument Is Total Rubbish | HuffPost UK

It ignores a number of crucial facts.
But it does show that a lot of younger, fitter people, the thousands who have protested in London, for example, seriously undervalue people who are older or less healthy.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

'The year city-dwellers needed my photos of country life' | BBC News

James Rebanks the farmer and writer has long had a devoted following on social media for the pictures he posts of his land and animals in the Lake District fells, but the photographs have taken on an extra significance for some in this year of coronavirus. Here he explains how the pandemic has affected him.
#photography #countryside #farming #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

The breakthrough medicines that could change the course of Covid | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Dexamethasone demonstrates power of large-scale, randomised trials in finding effective medicines
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

UK scientists trial drug to prevent infection that leads to Covid | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Exclusive: Antibody therapy could confer instant immunity to Covid-19 on at-risk groups
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Petition · Public Vote of No Confidence in the Tory Government | Change.org

This government has failed the people.
It has failed to protect lives during the COVID pandemic: the highest death toll in Europe; encouraging easing lockdown with the highest daily deaths; using care homes as death camps for the elderly
#politics #uk #Tory #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #Brexit
 

Covid-19: Millions more people to enter tier 4 on Boxing Day | BBC News

Millions more people in the east and south east of England are to enter tier four on Boxing Day, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.
The places moving into the highest level of restrictions - which include a "stay at home" order - border the areas already in tier four.
A number of areas will also move up into tiers three and two.
#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK
 

UK has two cases of variant found in South Africa - BBC News

The UK has detected two cases of another "more transmissible" variant of coronavirus, the health secretary Matt Hancock says.
Both people had travelled to South Africa, where the variant has been linked to a surge in cases.
Travel restrictions with South Africa have been imposed.
#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #SouthAfrica
 

Government 'operated illegal buy British policy' over Covid contracts | Coronavirus | The Guardian

The government was operating an illegal “buy British” policy when it signed contracts with a small UK firm to supply Covid antibody tests, claim lawyers who have filed a case against the health secretary.
The Good Law Project said there were a number of other companies in a better position to supply antibody tests in June and August, when the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) agreed deals worth up to £80m with Abingdon Health without going out to tender.
The government had also agreed a deal to share in the profits the company made, the lawyers say.
#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK #government #Tories #crime
 

Loophole that means Boris can spend Christmas with family in Tier 4 | Wales Online

The rule, which came into force on December 2 and was updated on December 14, means that Boris and his fiancee Carrie Symonds can meet up with people from one other household over Christmas.
#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #Tier4 #BorisJohnson
 

Canada halts flights from U.K. in response to new coronavirus strain

Canada joined several European nations in halting flights from the U.K. on Sunday in an effort to prevent a new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus from spreading to this country.

CBC News obtained a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by Transport Minister Marc Garneau stating that all commercial, private and charter flights transporting passengers from the U.K. will be suspended indefinitely as of midnight tonight. The restriction doesn't apply to cargo flights, aircraft landing for safety reasons or flights that land for technical stops where no passengers disembark.

The notice said the minister "is of the opinion it is necessary for aviation safety and the protection of the public, to prohibit the [operations]of commercial air ... from the United Kingdom for the transport of passengers on an inbound [flight]to Canada."
#Canada #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #Britain #travelrestrictions
 

Canada halts flights from U.K. in response to new coronavirus strain

Canada joined several European nations in halting flights from the U.K. on Sunday in an effort to prevent a new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus from spreading to this country.

CBC News obtained a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by Transport Minister Marc Garneau stating that all commercial, private and charter flights transporting passengers from the U.K. will be suspended indefinitely as of midnight tonight. The restriction doesn't apply to cargo flights, aircraft landing for safety reasons or flights that land for technical stops where no passengers disembark.

The notice said the minister "is of the opinion it is necessary for aviation safety and the protection of the public, to prohibit the [operations]of commercial air ... from the United Kingdom for the transport of passengers on an inbound [flight]to Canada."
#Canada #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #Britain #travelrestrictions
 

Top Tory claims Boris Johnson deliberately waited to announce Tier 4 until MPs went home | Mirror Online

A senior Tory has accused Boris Johnson of deliberately waiting to announce Tier 4 until after MPs went home for Christmas.
Charles Walker, Vice Chair of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, claims the Government knew it intended to 'cancel' Christmas Bubble plans and introduce tougher restrictions on Wednesday.
#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #politics #UK #BorisJohnson
 

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#videokonferenz #remote #homeoffice #coronavirus #coop #kollektiv #bigbluebutton
 

Covid vaccine: 'Disappearing' needles and other rumours debunked | BBC News

The roll out of Covid-19 vaccines in the UK and US this week has led to a spate of new false claims about vaccines. We've looked into some of the most widely shared.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #ConspiracyTheory
 

Covid Pandemic: Microbiomes Could Be Key to Stopping Spread of Future Viruses - Bloomberg

In the Western world, humans spend 90% of their time indoors. The average American spends even more than that—93%—inside buildings or cars. For years scientists have sounded the alarm that our disconnect from the outdoors is linked to a host of chronic health problems, including allergies, asthma, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and obesity. More recently, experts in various fields have begun studying why buildings, even those designed to be as germ-free as possible, are vectors for disease, not the least Covid-19.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
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