We may be done with Covid-19, but it is definitely not done with us

More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died.

But what about the millions who survived? Have they completely recovered or are there lingering impacts?

According to new research, looks like there’s a lot more to it than just a few weeks of being sick.

Symptoms of a disease are usually noticed as the immediate impacts such as a runny nose or fever. Yet, sometimes, the impacts to our health are internal signs of disease can go undetected for months or years. In this respect, COVID-19 seem to be of greater concern than initially realized.

Concerns about the long-term impacts of the virus aren’t new. Particularly due to the presence of anosmia — a distinct symptom that causes a loss of smell — combined with reports of fatigue, “brain fog” and more, experts have been keenly aware of the potential impact on the brain and other systems. However, as the disease has only been around for less than two years, much has remained a mystery. This prompted several neurological studies over the last year to figure out just what was happening in the brains of COVID-19 patients.

A full understanding will require years of study, but researchers are starting to unravel some of the complexities. So far, a key theme is emerging: The range of impact is not limited to patients with moderate to severe symptoms, but rather cognitive deficits might be seen even in asymptomatic or mild cases. Given roughly a third of cases might be asymptomatic, this could have stunning implications.

Most recently, in one preliminary large-scale study, researchers used a biobank of 45,000 brain scans since 2014. They then followed up with patients who had since been diagnosed with COVID-19, and completed new scans and neurological assessments post-disease.

It’s become incredibly clear that society has gravely underestimated the long-term impact of the virus.

After controlling for variables, a clear and concerning pattern emerged. Portions of the brain in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 were found to have reduced gray matter, or fewer cell bodies, in several regions versus patients without infection. When accounting for normal changes with age, even mild cases continued to show loss of gray matter. The infected patients also showed cognitive decline on performance tasks, and the specific areas impacted led the team to suspect the possibility of increased susceptibility to aging diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

This study is still in peer review, yet several other studies have yielded similar results. In one published by the Lancet in July, researchers found those who had been hospitalized with a ventilator showed cognitive declines that matched the equivalent of 10 years of aging compared to their peers, or roughly the equivalent of 7 points on the standard IQ scale. The same study also revealed mild cognitive decline for asymptomatic and mild cases, highlighting that even those who think they are “feeling fine” might not actually be fine.

Other studies are actively investigating declines in cognition and links with aging, while some doctors are warning that even asymptomatic cases are producing mild to moderate scarring on the lungs. This is often called a ground glass opacity on a chest X-ray, and it can appear as if one had smoked for years.

We’ve yet to find out if such changes will be permanent — it’s possible the effects of the virus will improve with more time. However, it’s become incredibly clear that society has gravely underestimated the long-term impact of the virus, and that the leaders who sought to use death or hospital tallies as primary indicators for policy changes — versus loftier goals to substantially reduce or eliminate cases — may have destined millions to future health concerns.

This raises the question of what the coming years and decades might look like. Will there be a mass wave of aging diseases and cognitive disabilities among COVID-19 patients? Some experts suggest it’s possible, a prediction that would require political leaders to prepare for millions of disabled Americans.

Few will come out of the pandemic unscathed, whether financially, physically or emotionally. But time and time again, we’re reminded that no matter how much we are done with this virus, it is definitely not done with us.

Original source Colorado Newsline

Support Humboldt Vaccine Mandate

Support Humboldt County Vaccine Mandate

Scott Q Marcus started this petition to Eureka City Council, Humboldt Board of Supervisors, Arcata City Council, and Fortuna City Council

Point 1: We are facing the biggest health and public crisis in over 100 years. Everyone knows that. No rational person denies it.

Point 2: What we have done for the last year and a half has not stopped it. That’s not opinion; it’s fact – as published daily by the Humboldt County Department of Health.

Despite the fact that we now have a vaccine that we didn’t have last year, and that we know how to minimize the danger of COVID, we are at our highest levels of spread since the pandemic began. That’s just wrong.

Our hospitals are in danger of being overrun. Our health care workers are overworked and feel defeated and unappreciated. They face a shortage of staff and the options to bring in more are close to non-existent. Instead of being hailed as saviors and heroes, they have been treated as frontline pawns thrown into a winless war without regard for what they must face. To that point, we can’t even keep up with the demand for COVID tests due to the rampant penetration of the disease. And let’s not forget the societal, personal, and financial damage being done to individuals, organizations, and our local businesses. 

For the last 18 months, many of us have chipped in and done what we were asked to do to mitigate this rolling disaster. We took care of ourselves and we did our duty to take care of our community. We did everything requested of us. We isolated. We (double) masked. We socially distanced. We sterilized our hands and workspaces. We worked from home when possible. We avoided crowds and travel. We missed family celebrations and gatherings. And when it was finally possible, we stepped to the plate and got vaccinated, looking forward to being able to (somewhat) return to our lives, assuming that we – the general public – would cooperate for our own health as well as the public good.

Alas, that was not to be the case.

Because so many have refused to cooperate, we are now in worse shape than we were a year ago. It is not however for not trying. We cajoled them. Nothing. We offered all manner of incentives. Nothing. We set up vaccination clinics. Nothing. We tried enticing them in every way possible. Still nothing. Study after study; expert after expert; have all reported that the ONLY way to overcome this pandemic is vaccination. Period. End of story. COVID will not just “go away,” it will persist, probably even mutate into more dangerous incarnations if we don’t do something NOW.

We are bitterly disappointed, frustrated, and even angry at how this has shaken out. There is no reason for our progress to not only stop but to go backward due to the irresponsibility of so many others. It’s just plain wrong that those of us who did the right thing have to sacrifice YET AGAIN for those who could get the vaccine but have refused. Their argument is “personal choice.” We get it. They have that right, but with choice, comes responsibility.

In light of what has not worked, it’s time to change course and do something different than previously attempted. We must take a different tact; not only for the reasons listed above but also because, as good citizens, we believe it is our responsibility to help protect that small number of citizens with serious medical conditions who cannot get vaccinated or those too young to get the vaccine; both groups of which are at heightened risk should they catch the virus. 

The reality is continuing to yell at a wall won’t cause it to fall.

So, while continuing to try and convince and coerce and encourage the unvaccinated to step up, we need to change our tactics and target those who won’t do the right thing by, this time, making them sacrifice. Why should it be that those who won’t do the right thing get to drag down those who do? It’s time for a new approach; as the old approach didn’t work and there’s no reason to assume it will this time.

There is a public-health movement spreading across the U.S. and it’s time we instigated it in Humboldt County.

New York City is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people to enter indoor restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues. New Orleans and San Francisco are imposing such rules at many businesses starting, while Los Angeles is looking into the idea. Smaller cities are doing this also: Cathedral City, CA, will require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours must be shown for patrons entering a restaurant and/or bar with the exception of children under age 12 or those with a medical condition. Local businesses and organizations are doing what they can. 

We understand that some don’t want to get the shot. Then, they don’t get to be with those who did. No shot? No public transportation. No shot? No restaurants. No shot? No attendance at public events. It’s really simple. Some say it’s wrong for the government to apply such rules but that’s not true. When public safety is necessary, we do what we have to do for the greater good. It’s not personal; it’s responsible.

We all want to get out again. We want to go on vacation. We want to go to the movies or theater. We want to eat at a restaurant – but we want to do it in a safer environment. Unlike some, we’re not willing to gamble with the virus — nor deny its reality.

We did what we were supposed to do to bring us back from the brink. We took care of everyone we could. Now, it’s time for others to help with the load. It’s the fair and right thing to do.

We want you to begin the process to require “proof of vaccination” for large and indoor events so those of us who are being responsible can enjoy the fruits of our actions. 


A guy that likes to wear a hood doesn’t want you to wear a mask

On Monday, that little white weeny Tucker Carlson took his crazy ass rants way into extreme territory. Carlson railed against the mandates of wearing masks at all, saying there is “no scientific justification for any mask mandate anywhere” and calling them “signifiers of shame and submission.”
Carlson said that when people see others wear masks outdoors, they should ask “politely but firmly” to take them off.
Don’t even waste your time thinking about this dumbass suggestion. We can tell you now the proper response to that is “MIND YOUR OWN FUCKIN’ BUSINESS”