Attention Parents! Read This – Covid-19 GI Symptoms Common in Children

A prospective study of 992 healthy children (median age 10.1 years) of healthcare workers from across the UK found that 68 (6.9%) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.1 Half of the children testing positive reported no symptoms, but for those that did the commonest were fever (21 of 68, 31%); gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhoea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps (13 of 68, 19%); and headache (12 of 68, 18%). Latest findings from the Covid-19 Symptom Study app,2 which was launched in late March to track people’s symptoms, also show that gastrointestinal symptoms occur frequently in children with positive swab tests.3

Covid-19: UK studies find gastrointestinal symptoms are common in children — Citation: BMJ 2020;370:m3484 — https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3484

Researchers report nearly 300 cases of inflammatory syndrome tied to Covid-19 in kids

Researchers report nearly 300 cases of inflammatory syndrome tied to Covid-19 in kids

Addendum to Post Pandemic Changes in Consumer Behavior.

Home schooling.  A lot more home schooling.

With approximately 1000 cases of MIS-C (including, here and below, those that have been classified as PIMS-TS) reported worldwide, do we now have a clear picture of the new disorder, or, as in the story of the blind men and the elephant, has only part of the beast been described? What are its cause and pathogenesis? How should it be diagnosed and treated, and are there wider implications for our understanding of Covid-19?

Link to the NEJM article.

Update 07.02.20

COVID-19 in Kids: New Neurologic, Radiographic Findings

 

Risk Factors for Death From COVID-19 Identified in Wuhan

Fei Zhou, MD, from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and colleagues conducted a retrospective, observational, multi-center cohort study of 191 patients, 137 of whom were discharged and 54 of whom died in the hospital.

The study, published online today in The Lancet, included all adult inpatients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 from Jinyintan Hospital and Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital who had been discharged or died by January 31 of this year. Severely ill patients in the province were transferred to these hospitals until February 1.

Overall, 91 (48%) of the 191 patients had comorbidity. Most common was hypertension (30%), followed by diabetes (19%) and coronary heart disease (8%)…The average age of survivors was 52 years compared to 69 for those who died. Liu cited weakening of the immune system and increased inflammation, which damages organs and also promotes viral replication, as explanations for the age effect.

Click the link below for the full source article.

Risk Factors for Death From COVID-19 Identified in Wuhan Patients

 

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Predicting 6-Month Mortality for Older Adults Hospitalized With Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Cohort Study

Participants’ mean age was 81.5 years, 44.4% were women, and 10.5% were nonwhite. There were 266 deaths (8.8%) within 6 months. The final risk model included 15 variables, 4 of which were not included in prior risk models: hearing impairment, mobility impairment, weight loss, and lower patient-reported health status

 

Long-term weight loss is achievable and reduces the risk of death — Nutritional Revolution

Reading Time: 3 minutes A common refrain of Health At Any Size people is that, “But only 5% of people achieve sustained weight loss!” Then follows the suggestion that, therefore, nobody should try to achieve sustained weight loss. This 5% figure is a fiction, as one can see from scientific reviews of the research literature.…

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How to Feel Old While Attending an Elite University’s Summer Writing Workshop

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jenny.klionBy Jenny Klion

Acknowledge that you are, in fact, the oldest living being in your class, older probably than the classroom itself, and definitely older than your eye-candy teacher.

If and when you are not the object of any classmate’s romantic or sexual affection: let it go. You had your turn, and you did it well. Remember that at one time, you too might have wondered who that random older woman was—the one looking to get laid at the summer writing workshop.

Realize you may miss out on some late night social intrigue, since you have opted out of staying in the dorms due to the nightmare scenario of shared coed bathrooms. Harken back to the time when you knew you were done doing circus work, because you ultimately couldn’t live without porcelain.

Know that your work may scream Boomer themes and concerns—your poor little rich girl saga, for example—and…

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