The Med & Mic™ 02.07.22
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Long COVID Symptoms in 10 Percent
CDC researchers estimate 1 in 10 people develop symptoms of long COVID. The symptomes include fatigue, shortness of breath, heart rhythm changes, and type 2 diabetes a month or more after their diagnosis. These problems were more common among people hospitalized with their illnesses. The researcher reviewed the records of 2 million adults and children who tested positive for COVID and those who tested negative. The study appears in JAMA Network Open.
Brain Changes With COVID
In a study based on the autopsies of 10 people who died of COVID, researchers found similar changes to those seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease. This could explain some of the memory problems in people with long COVID. The researchers uncovered molecular disruptions that could explain why brain cells may not function normally. The same findings have been noted on autopsy after COVID in heart and lung tissue. Targeting the molecular disruptions could be a therapeutic opportunity. More in MedPageToday.
N95 and KN95 Masks Better than Surgical Masks
In a CDC study of regular mask wearers indoors, N95 masks reduced the odds of testing positive for COVID infection by 88%; surgical masks decreased the odds by 66% compared to no mask at all. Cloth masks reduced the odds by 56%, but the finding was not statistically significant. The study was conducted between February 18 through December 1, 2021 before the Omicron wave. It involved a survey of 650 people who tested positive matched with 1000 people who tested negative. All survey participants were in an indoor setting within the two weeks before testing. More in The Hill.
Flu Is Back
The CDC estimates two million flu cases this season, with 20,000 hospitalizations and 1,200 deaths. This comes after a historically low season last year. The current level is similar to pre-pandemic counts, however, rates of influenza-like illnesses have been on the decline. Usually the flu peaks in February or March. Hotspots include Missouri, New Mexico, and North Dakota. “It’s still early,” says Kimberlee Wyche Etheridge of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in an article from Bloomberg. “I do expect that we will probably see more cases,” adds CMO Vesta Sandoval.
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