Covid-19 Research 07.12.20

Although COVID-19 is most well known for causing substantial respiratory pathology, it can also result in several extrapulmonary manifestations. These conditions include thrombotic complications, myocardial dysfunction and arrhythmia, acute coronary syndromes, acute kidney injury, gastrointestinal symptoms, hepatocellular injury, hyperglycemia and ketosis, neurologic illnesses, ocular symptoms, and dermatologic complications.

Gupta, A., Madhavan, M.V., Sehgal, K. et al. Extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19. Nat Med (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0968-3

Extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19

I do a fair amount of reading and research on this virus.  This review article is highly scientific and clinical.  If you choose to read this article I am not to blame if you never leave your house again for the next few years.

 

New China COVID-19 outbreak…Salmon?

It is unknown how the virus made it onto the chopping board at Xinfadi market in Beijing’s Fentai district, but the discovery came in conjunction with a cluster of cases and has forced its closure.

Lin Li, chief scientist of a team that monitors aquatic disease and control in Guangdong Province, told the newspaper it’s not possible for live salmon to be contaminated with the virus given it lives in the ocean, neither can frozen salmon be a source of the novel coronavirus which can only exist in active cells.

New China COVID-19 outbreak to directly impact ‘salmon business around the world’

By now anyone who stops by this blog knows I’m obsessed with Covid-19 and try to learn as much as I can by reading widely.  When I heard about the potential salmon connection I had to find more to read.  And I did.

IntraFish Media is the world’s leading source of news, prices and analysis for the global seafood, commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries.

Source: Wikipedia

I like salmon and usually buy the farmed version over the wild version despite the nutritional differences.  When I was on the company’s website I found this link:

Screenshot_2020-06-24 New China COVID-19 outbreak to directly impact 'salmon business around the world' Intrafish

I clicked the link and got this:

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Memo to Self:

File under Things That Make You Go Hmmm……

 

Worried About Arizona

Update 06.16.20

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Charts above from Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding Twitter post 06.16.20.

Arizona hospitals bracing for crisis as COVID-19 cases surge — ICU units approaching full capacity in Phoenix, Tucson

New, confirmed cases in Arizona totaled 4,500 from May 24 to May 30, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, as of Saturday morning. That’s nearly a 50% increase from the week before.

The health department’s data show cases increasing at a faster rate than diagnostic testing. The week ending on May 30 saw tests increase by about 14% statewide, compared to the 50% increase in cases. The same week saw tests increase by about 34% in Pima County, compared to the 85% increase in cases.

 

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Chart tool by covidcharts.tech; data from the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, link to the full article — America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic

Americans may wish the virus to be gone, but it is not. While the outbreak has eased in the Northeast, driving down the overall national numbers, cases have only plateaued in the rest of the country, and they appear to be on the rise in recent days in COVID Tracking Project data. Twenty-two states reported 400 or more new cases Friday, and 14 other states and Puerto Rico reported cases in the triple digits. Several states—including Arizona, North Carolina, and California—are now seeing their highest numbers of known cases.

America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic

I’m having trouble understanding human behavior.  Way too many people are equating reopening with it’s OK to go back to life as it was pre-Covid-19.  I made some observations at the grocery store on my other blog.  I’m beginning to see more mask-less people disregarding simple physical distancing.  I’ve spent a lot of time researching and reading up on this virus to stay safe and to share what I’ve learned so others can keep themselves safe.  Despite the idiots that walk amongst us I’ll continue to keep doing what I do because it’s what I do.

This shit is real and it is scary. COVID is taking patients down, and we do not know how to stop it. The images of overflowing EDs, overworked providers, patients who cannot breathe—these are real and it is happening. Do not let anyone tell you its not.

Rebecca Karb MD

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  This shit is real.  Stay safe.

Update 06.10.20

Arizona Hospitals Told to Activate Emergency Plans

Why Toilet Paper? — RadaJonesMD

I roll in my bed, unable to sleep. I listen to BBC talk about the craziness that took over the world, preoccupied with this one question. What question? It’s not: “Why, Corona?” For that, I already have more answers than I want. Scientists say that COVID19 is an animal virus. It spread to humans from…

via Why Toilet Paper? — RadaJonesMD

A Physician’s Chilling COVID-19 Diagnostic Journey -KevinMD

Madilyn and I waited for communication from her sister and were shocked that she landed in DFW, on a plane with 348 passengers with masks, and no one asked any questions about exposure or symptoms — there was no screening at all. She quickly realized her mask at DFW looked conspicuous, so she removed it and awaited her connecting flight home.

A physician’s chilling COVID-19 diagnostic journey

Here’s your daily dose on Covid-19.

If you are suffering from Covid-19 anxiety disorder please don’t read the full article.

Corona Sales Plummet in China Amid Coronavirus Pandemic — VinePair

Despite the fact that the COVID-19 coronavirus has nothing whatsoever to do with Corona, the parent company of the Mexican lager has nonetheless suffered a crushing financial loss due to the growing pandemic. Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev), the international producer and distributor of Corona beer, reported Thursday that a decline in Chinese on- and off-premise…

via Corona Sales Plummet in China Amid Coronavirus Pandemic — VinePair

Yikes!

Here’s when you should (and shouldn’t) trust your gut

Here’s when you should (and shouldn’t) trust your gut

This was an interesting article from Fast Company written by…

A neuroscientist!

Now, we live in a world that values logic and considers emotions as weak. It seems like decisions based on intuition have little or no place in today’s society. Over time, we’ve neglected the gut and the limbic brain, and placed the cortex on a pedestal. We’ve demoted depth, passion and instinct to fixate on surface-level capabilities—exams, rote-learning, and transactional relationships. We are more connected with material gain than joy. At the same time, increased stress, processed food, and antibiotics have massively diminished the biodiversity of our gut flora, which compromises more than our physical resilience.