It is well known that the ‘pot’ (‘skunk’ to some) your grandmother enjoyed was much less potent than today’s strains.
More than 175 million people worldwide have been infected after a year, and over 3.8 million people have died from the COVID-19 at this posting date.
Plenty of data for study and boy have researchers be mining the reports. A review of all publications that studied more than 100 patients for long covid symptoms revealed a slew (50) long-term effects from this viral illness. In total 15 studies were included for this systematic review. There were eight studies from Europe and UK, three from the USA, one each from Australia, China, Egypt, and Mexico. Adults ranging from 17 to 87 years of age were studied. After initially recovering, persistent symptoms can start after 14-110 days. Published August 9, 2021, in Scientific Reports
The review found the five most common symptoms noted were fatigue (58%), headache (44%), attention disorder (27%), hair loss (25%), and dyspnea (24%). It is estimated that up to 80% of recovered patients develop one or more long-term problems. If you have a mild case or severe case it appears from patient symptom tracking that weeks to months later abnormal signs or symptoms can appear.
The lasting effects, at any point in the illness, will not be known and so far can’t be predicted nor guessed. Even what term is used to refer to the condition is so different in the literature. Examples used include: long, post, persistent, chronic, ongoing, post-acute, ongoing.
An agreement must be arrived at, also what precisely defines the condition. In so doing all studies can become more valuable. Questions to be answered include does it just not totally go away? Does one recover totally then symptoms new or similar to illness occur? How do you or medical tests determine you totally recover? If you have a mild case or severe case it appears from patient symptom tracking that weeks to months later abnormal signs or symptoms can appear.
Compounding the inconsistencies within the medical community are all the social media postings by individuals who have ‘recovered’ or ‘not recovered’. Is a negative test equal recovery – end of? Presence of antibodies in your blood means recovery? No, we are not that naive, this virus starts things/processes within our body that can appear later after our antibodies have neutralized or blocked the SARS-CoV-2 virus. I believe this and that this virus is a trigger itself or our own defenses go a bit haywire. In each of us, it will be different.
Characteristically, ‘breakthrough’ infections (occurring in vaccinated individuals) result in mild to moderate symptoms or no symptoms at all. Remember most people recover from mild to moderate COVID-19 in a few weeks. ‘Long Covid’ is a baffling set of symptoms — brain fog, fatigue, and muscle pain are very much a possibility in ‘breakthrough’ cases.
Last year I blogged that taking the flu vaccine may help with contracting COVID-19, well enough time has passed and data has been collected to suggest. Yes, physicians/scientists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine after reviewing over 74,000 patients files from around the world, published that the flu vaccine may provide protection against COVID-19.
Their deduction after studying charts from vaccinated and unvaccinated COVID-19 patients: in unvaccinated (recall Vaccines approved Dec. 2020) individuals who received the flu vaccine, COVID-19 infections were less likely to have the complications of a stroke, sepsis, and DVT. Those who had both vaccines (against SARS-CoV-2 and flu) and developed breakthrough COVID-19, were less likely to visit the ER or be admitted to ICU. Remember the SARS- CoV-2 vaccine prevents – to varying degrees dependent on which vaccine you receive – contracting a severe case or dying from the illness.
Everything I just stated is from a retrospective study, no definite cause and effect but the probable likelihood is assumed.
Flu activity was unusually low throughout the 2020-2021 flu season both in the United States and globally. Please visit CDC Flu resource and read 2021-2022 information. Plan your flu shot for October so your immunity is present when flu season is at its peak.
Yes, your BBQ has a side of watermelon, naturally. You know it is hydrating and has a surprisingly low sugar content? But did you know it is also packed with antioxidants?
You’ve heard the term anti-oxidant in the same sense as ‘good for you’ but do you realize the important role it has in our bodies? A quick few facts that will have you looking for these free-radicals ‘eaters”. Free radicals cause disease and damage to our bodies. Think prevention of diabetes, heart disease, and yep, even cancer. The body needs balance if the free radicals outnumber the antioxidants, the body goes into ‘oxidative stress’. Stress of almost any kind is not good. This state causes damage to tissues, and we become ill.
Lycopene gives watermelon its vibrant pink hues, it is a carotenoid that gives many fruits and vegetables a red color. It is both an antioxidant and an anti-cancer nutrient. It is the most powerful antioxidant in foods. Lycopene is in many cells, its presence in the skin literally protects against solar radiation damage. High lycopene foods include guavas, cooked tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, papaya, sweet red peppers, persimmon, asparagus, red cabbage, and mangos.
H. Sies studied micronutrient’s role in cancer prevention and we have him to thank for these important contributions. Watermelon can also help people who already have cancer, plus since it is 90% water helps with the common problem of dehydration.
Watermelon can be made into a drink, a salad with feta cheese and balsamic vinegar, look and ask around for healthy watermelon recipes.
Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States. Incredible is the fact, it is estimated that one out of seven people in the United States is diagnosed with skin cancer each year. According to the American Cancer Society, each year, more than 5.4 million basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed, Sun exposure is the major culprit. This blog is not about prevention, but I do want to remind you, it is easy enough to prevent sun damage to your skin. SPF greater than 30 (learn about sunblocks) applied after water exposure, with sweating along with a 3 inch brimmed head covering will protect you.
Skin cancer risk factors, you know many of them. Yes, fair skin, excessive exposure to the sun, and tanning beds will do it. But you need to realize a history of sunburn, fair skin, and family history are also risk factors.
Folks most likely to promote skin cancer are individuals with fair skin, blonde or red hair, light-colored eyes, a history of sun exposure, or a tendency to burn or freckle when exposed to the sun. Those who have a family history of skin cancer are also at increased risk. People with dark skin, myself included, can develop skin cancer
Squamous and basal cell skin cancers are the most common types. Melanoma, another less common type of skin cancer is a more serious type of skin cancer as it is more invasive.
In this short blog, I want to give you some clues so you can perform once a monthly a self-check of your skin. In a well-lit private place with a large wall mirror, you may find changes in the way your skin looks or feels. Use a hand mirror to check for anything new on your skin, discoloration, a new mole, or changes to a mole you already have. Don’t forget to check your scalp and between your toes.
Take a picture with your phone if you are concerned. This is important in case you think it is a pimple and watch if it changes. Below I will share well-known clues to suspecting abnormal skin lesions. Keep track of any changes you may see, and tell or email your doctor. Dermatologists are best at examining and recognizing skin lesions. Also, they can treat them with the latest removal techniques. The Mohs surgery to remove lesions has a cure rate exceeds 99 percent for new skin cancers and 95 percent for recurrent skin cancers
The ABCDE’s of suspicious skin lesions
If you have a lesion or any skin change, find out if it is concerning by seeing a trained medical provider. Timely diagnosis and removal, if it is suspicious, is very important.