Pandemics

Meet and greet, discuss non-bodywork topics, and make new friends in the world of bodywork. A place to "let your hair down"!

Moderator: maestra

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Health Problems and COVID

Post by holley » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:06 pm

“We thought this was only a respiratory virus. Turns out, it goes after the pancreas. It goes after the heart. It goes after the liver, the brain, the kidney and other organs. We didn’t appreciate that in the beginning,” said Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, California.

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
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

New Threat

Post by holley » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:59 am

The World Health Organization is warning “the worst is yet to come” as countries across the globe are experiencing new spikes, with some putting the brakes on reopening.

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.
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Coming next?

Post by holley » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:51 pm

Dr. Anthony Fauci says new virus in China has traits of 2009 swine flu and 1918 pandemic flu


https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/30/dr-anth ... c-flu.html
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

10 week nation wide lockdown

Post by holley » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:41 am

Bill Gates estimates the US needs at least 10 more weeks of nationwide shutdown to minimize the human and economic toll of coronavirus.

"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
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Double Pandemic ?

Post by holley » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:25 am

" I first worried about the possibility of a double pandemic in March. Four months ago, it felt needlessly alarmist to fret about two rare events happening simultaneously. But since then, federal fecklessness and rushed reopenings have wasted the benefits of months of social distancing. About 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 are being confirmed every day, and death rates are rising. My worry from March feels less far-fetched. If America could underperform so badly against one rapidly spreading virus, how would it fare against two?

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/
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Long term symptoms

Post by holley » Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:31 am

The notion that most cases are mild and brief bolsters the belief that only the sick and elderly need isolate themselves, and that everyone else can get infected and be done with it. “It establishes a framework in which ‘not hiding’ from the disease looks a manageable and sensible undertaking,” writes Felicity Callard, a geographer at the University of Glasgow, who is on day 77. As the pandemic discourse turns to talk of a second wave, long-haulers who are still grappling with the consequences of the first wave are frustrated. “I’ve been very concerned by friends and family who just aren’t taking this seriously because they think you’re either asymptomatic or dead,” said Hannah Davis, an artist from New York City, who is on day 71. “This middle ground has been hellish.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... hs/612679/
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Ed Jong

Post by holley » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:02 pm

“Army ants will sometimes walk in circles until they die. The workers navigate by smelling the pheromone trails of workers in front of them, while laying down pheromones for others to follow. If these trails accidentally loop back on themselves, the ants are trapped. They become a thick, swirling vortex of bodies that resembles a hurricane as viewed from space. They march endlessly until they’re felled by exhaustion or dehydration. The ants can sense no picture bigger than what’s immediately ahead. They have no coordinating force to guide them to safety. They are imprisoned by a wall of their own instincts. This phenomenon is called the death spiral. I can think of no better metaphor for the United States of America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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/
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Medical supply chain collapse

Post by holley » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:56 am

The Associated Press and FRONTLINE launched a 7-month investigation — filing Freedom of Information Act requests, testing medical masks, interviewing dozens of experts from hard-hit hospitals to the White House — to understand what was behind these critical shortages.

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
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

What we knew and when we knew it

Post by holley » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:02 pm

'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

near the end of the rope

Post by holley » Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:34 am

Ed Yong <[email protected]>
To: holleyweek
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.
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Overwhelmed

Post by holley » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:55 pm

"Two years ago, while reporting on whether the U.S. is ready for the next pandemic, I travelled to Omaha to visit the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Why? Because more than any other hospital in America, it had prepared for the possibility of a pandemic. It built amazing facilities. Its staff anticipated, planned, drilled.

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
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

The Pandemic Safety Rule That Really Matters

Post by holley » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:53 pm

Don’t spend time indoors with people outside your household.


https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... ys/617122/
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

How Many Americans Are About To Die ?

Post by holley » Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:01 pm

“I expect the U.S. to be reporting over 2,000 deaths per day in three weeks’ time,”

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc ... ge/617150/
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Sorry to burst your bubble

Post by holley » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:13 am

Bubbles might sound great—you can have your friends and your safety too!—but they don’t always work out the way they’re supposed to. Some pods are enormous. Some are open to an untold number of people’s germs through contacts of contacts (of contacts of contacts of contacts). “I think there’s leakage in a lot of people’s pods,” Whitney Robinson, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, told me. Earlier this month, a New York Times columnist examined the ties in his bubble and found that he was connected to more than 100 people—and that’s just whom he was able to trace.*

No public-health scheme is perfect, and we will need to layer as many of them as we can in order to survive the pandemic. But with pods, the country hasn’t even settled on a shared definition. If we do not reach a consensus on best bubbling practices soon, we risk blasting a hole in one layer of our armor and opening ourselves up as a nation to even more unnecessary sickness and death.

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A ... qzzl7Q&s=1
Last edited by holley on Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:33 am, edited 1 time in total.
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Re: Pandemics

Post by holley » Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:31 am

CDC Director Robert Redfield warned that this winter could be “the most difficult time in the public-health history of this nation”

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... DK6KV_JzZo
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

No Shaming

Post by holley » Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:27 pm

"Everyone needs social connection, Harvard epidemiologist Julia Marcus writes for The Atlantic. As the holiday season approaches and as Covid-19 worries rise, we’d do well to acknowledge that basic human need, Marcus argues, as shaming people for gathering hasn’t worked.

“When a public-health approach isn’t producing the desired outcome, it’s time to try something different,” Marcus writes. “Instead of yelling even louder about Christmas than about Thanksgiving, government officials, health professionals, and ordinary Americans alike might try this: Stop all the chastising. Remember that the public is fraying. And consider the possibility that when huge numbers of people indicate through their actions that seeing loved ones in person is nonnegotiable, they need practical ways to reduce risk that go beyond ‘Just say no.’”

Solutions-oriented thinking might help. Montreal has set up “appealing public spaces”; Calgary has made fire pits in parks; officials could encourage gift exchanges by mail, for instance. “Rather than imposing rules that neglect the realities of human behavior and then reprimanding people for breaking them,” Marcus writes, “the message could be a more pragmatic and compassionate one: We understand that this is hard and that social connection is important for health, so we will support you in gathering more safely.”
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

If vaccinated can you still spread COVID?

Post by holley » Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:40 am

"Now that the world has successfully completed history’s fastest development of a new vaccine, you might be wondering why we don’t always just make one this fast. If the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective and the process to produce them didn’t cut any corners … well, why does it normally take around a decade to do something we just did in less than a year?

The answer to that question is inextricably tied up with another question floating around: Once you get the vaccine, can you just go back to your normal life full of hugging people and not wearing a mask?

If only we knew for sure. And we don’t know because there are some things that got skipped over when scientists went and made a vaccine faster than anyone thought possible. Nice-to-know details were pushed to the back burner in a rush to make sure the new vaccines would be safe and effective. And one of those details is whether the vaccines keep people from spreading COVID-19 or whether they just keep those who do contract it from getting sick."


https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/on ... 0ZtcqOZePw
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

How the pandemic defeated America

Post by holley » Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:34 pm

How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation. America has failed to protect its people, leaving them with illness and financial ruin. It has lost its status as a global leader. It has careened between inaction and ineptitude. The breadth and magnitude of its errors are difficult, in the moment, to truly fathom.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... JzXwQAFTDg
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Pain to come...

Post by holley » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:02 am

“The influenza pandemic that began in 1918 killed as many as 100 million people over two years. It was one of the deadliest disasters in history, and the one all subsequent pandemics are now compared with.

At the time, The Atlantic did not cover it. In the immediate aftermath, “it really disappeared from the public consciousness,” says Scott Knowles, a disaster historian at Drexel University. “It was swamped by World War I and then the Great Depression. All of that got crushed into one era.” An immense crisis can be lost amid the rush of history, and Knowles wonders if the fracturing of democratic norms or the economic woes that COVID-19 set off might not subsume the current pandemic. “I think we’re in this liminal moment of collectively deciding what we’re going to remember and what we’re going to forget,” says Martha Lincoln, a medical anthropologist at San Francisco State University.

The coronavirus pandemic ignited at the end of 2019 and blazed across 2020. Many countries repeatedly contained it. The United States did not. At least 19 million Americans have been infected. At least 326,000 have died. The first two surges, in the spring and summer, plateaued but never significantly subsided. The third and worst is still ongoing. In December, an average of 2,379 Americans have died every day of COVID-19—comparable to the 2,403 who died in Pearl Harbor and the 2,977 who died in the 9/11 attacks. The virus now has so much momentum that more infection and death are inevitable as the second full year of the pandemic begins. “There will be a whole lot of pain in the first quarter” of 2021, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told me.“

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... Yn5ysjZ3fE
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Ticking Time Bimb

Post by holley » Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:26 am

“A new variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the globe. It was first identified in the United Kingdom, where it is rapidly spreading, and has been found in multiple countries. Viruses mutate all the time, often with no impact, but this one appears to be more transmissible than other variants—meaning it spreads more easily. Barely one day after officials announced that America’s first case of the variant had been found in the United States, in a Colorado man with no history of travel, an additional case was found in California.

Imagine it this way: There is a tsunami heading our way, and we are ferrying people to a high point. Everyone we transport up to the top is safe, but even better, they can also help other people get to safety (the exponential desirable effect of the vaccine). The reverse is also true, however: Everyone we leave behind also pulls down more people (the exponential unwanted effect of increased transmissibility). And the whole process is very sensitive to when we start; it’s much easier in the beginning but gets nearly impossible as the wave grows higher and gets closer. With this variant, at least in the United States, we are likely at the beginning, or near the beginning.

All this means that the speed of the vaccine rollout is of enormous importance. There are already worrisome indicators of slow rollout. Vaccination of a broad population, not vaccines in and of themselves, saves lives, and epidemics are fought with logistics and infrastructure. We should put every bit of energy, funding, and relentlessness into vaccinating as many people as possible as quickly as possible.”


https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc ... ohf4bAHnAI
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths

Post by holley » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:51 pm

U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for the first time.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/u ... chetu3nQwU
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

7 Strains of Virus...so far

Post by holley » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:18 pm

The world is now dealing with a different type of SARS-CoV-2 than the one that emerged in China almost a year ago, with mutations creating at least seven strains of the virus so far.

https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-COR ... index.html
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

Pls consider

Post by holley » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:28 pm

Gut bacteria tied to COVID-19 severity, immune response

The microscopic organisms living in our intestines may influence the severity of COVID-19 and the body's immune response to it, and could account for lingering symptoms, researchers reported on Monday in the journal Gut. They found that the gut microorganisms in COVID-19 patients were very different from those in uninfected individuals. "COVID patients lack certain good bacteria known to regulate our immune system," said Dr. Siew Ng of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The presence of an abnormal assortment of gut bacteria, or "dysbiosis," persists after the virus is gone and could play a role in the long-lasting symptoms that plague some patients, she said. Her team has developed an oral formula of live bacteria known as probiotics and a special capsule to protect the organisms until they reach the gut. "Compared with patients on standard care, our pilot clinical study showed that more COVID patients who received our microbiome immunity formula achieved complete symptom resolution," Ng said, adding that those who got it had significantly reduced markers for inflammation in their blood, increased favorable bacteria in their stool and they developed neutralizing antibodies to the virus.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... 7xzn2R4d18
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

The Race

Post by holley » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:36 am

Vaccination vs Mutation

I know there’s a lot going on. We have insurrectionists in our midst, the president is getting impeached today for an unprecedented second time, the Republican Party is splintering. It’s fascinating and dangerous and infuriating all at once. But we are in a race, a very deadly race, to get the coronavirus under control before a fire of cases engulf us, even more than they are now.

The more transmissible variant is in America, albeit at very low levels. But that won’t last for long; after all, it’s more transmissible. If and when it becomes common, it will be a much bigger problem than if the virus simply mutated to become more deadly.


https://billmoyers.com/story/unsanitize ... bQE8sio-F4
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

holley
Registered Member
Posts: 2307
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:19 pm
Location: MNPLS, MN

CDC: 90,000 deaths next 3 weeks

Post by holley » Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:55 pm

Let’s build a wall to commemorate those dying from COVID and dedicate it to the political leaders that left us defenseless

https://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/2021 ... ree-weeks/
'Every Day is a god, each day a goddess and holiness pours forth in time."

Post Reply

Return to “Off the Table Topics”