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medstudent
Posted: November 25th, 2020, 12:48pm Report to Moderator
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Not to stir the pot too bad...

I wanted to give an update from the front line of COVID. I have worked with and treated many COVID patients in the hospital. There are a few things that I have learned over the last few months...

1. COVID is not like any upper respiratory virus we know of. It acts in a completely unique manner to all other respiratory viruses. Was the virus created in a lab? It wouldn't surprise me.

2. While COVID causes severe respiratory disease, what kills people is its ability to cause unchecked inflammatory response which often activates the clotting cascade. It ends up being a a vascular disease. People die suddenly from blood clots to the lungs, heart, brain. I have had people present with stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, ischemic limbs as the presenting clinical syndrome. We can provide respiratory support most times. When this diffuse clotting happens, we can't treat it.

3. COVID likes certain types of people. a)Poorly controlled diabetics. b)Those with poorly controlled hypertension. c)Obese patients (probably because of a and b). Again, it is because those diseases are inflammatory/vascular diseases. My guess is when the vascular system is already damaged, the virus causes an inflammatory and clotting avalanche in already damaged vessels. Those with suppressed immune systems might actually be protected.

4. COVID causes self limiting flu-like illness in healthy people (young and old). Healthy people are rarely hospitalized with COVID.

5. COVID CAN kill healthy people. There are reports of young people who present with stroke. who are COVID +

6. There are many post-infectious sequela that occur (even in healthy people). Heart issues, lung issues brain issues. This is mostly due to immune mediated reasons.

7. O+ blood provides some protection. A+ seems to be less protective. Not sure why.


Soon, this will be in our rear view mirror. We will learn a lot from this pandemic. I hope we use the information learned to better prepare ourselves for the next one. Big, lesson for me... stay healthy. Being healthy at baseline will provide protection from early death and disability in the future. Being physically healthy is also good for mental health.


Joseph


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Quoted from medstudent
Not to stir the pot too bad...

I wanted to give an update from the front line of COVID. I have worked with and treated many COVID patients in the hospital. There are a few things that I have learned over the last few months...

1. COVID is not like any upper respiratory virus we know of. It acts in a completely unique manner to all other respiratory viruses. Was the virus created in a lab? It wouldn't surprise me.

2. While COVID causes severe respiratory disease, what kills people is its ability to cause unchecked inflammatory response which often activates the clotting cascade. It ends up being a a vascular disease. People die suddenly from blood clots to the lungs, heart, brain. I have had people present with stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, ischemic limbs as the presenting clinical syndrome. We can provide respiratory support most times. When this diffuse clotting happens, we can't treat it.

3. COVID likes certain types of people. a)Poorly controlled diabetics. b)Those with poorly controlled hypertension. c)Obese patients (probably because of a and b). Again, it is because those diseases are inflammatory/vascular diseases. My guess is when the vascular system is already damaged, the virus causes an inflammatory and clotting avalanche in already damaged vessels. Those with suppressed immune systems might actually be protected.

4. COVID causes self limiting flu-like illness in healthy people (young and old). Healthy people are rarely hospitalized with COVID.

5. COVID CAN kill healthy people. There are reports of young people who present with stroke. who are COVID +

6. There are many post-infectious sequela that occur (even in healthy people). Heart issues, lung issues brain issues. This is mostly due to immune mediated reasons.

7. O+ blood provides some protection. A+ seems to be less protective. Not sure why.


Soon, this will be in our rear view mirror. We will learn a lot from this pandemic. I hope we use the information learned to better prepare ourselves for the next one. Big, lesson for me... stay healthy. Being healthy at baseline will provide protection from early death and disability in the future. Being physically healthy is also good for mental health.


Joseph


Thanks. Joseph - fascinating to hear from a front-liner.

Did you see the 60 minutes episode on the COVID Longtimers? It was an interesting study of some patients who seem to have life-long impacts from the virus.


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Hi medstudent, thanks for your work on the front lines of this thing.

Though the conspiracy theories about the virus being created in a lab will never go away, initial computer models rated this virus as very unlikely to infect humans. That means the model was seriously flawed, but it also means it would have been a poor candidate upon which to build a weapon.

However, that makes it an ideal candidate for a lab thatís trying to practice level 4 protocols... especially a lab whose personnel are on video collecting field samples with comically insufficient PPE. I think the most likely scenario is a naturally occurring virus that escaped from a well-funded but poorly-run lab. A naturally occurring virus that might have stayed out of the human population indefinitely had it been left alone or handled properly.


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Who Wants to Be a Princess? (Family)
Glass House (Horror anthology)

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"Kord" (Fantasy)

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The infection rates and daily deaths in the US are insane, and this is before the effects of millions gathering together for Thanksgiving!


For more of my scripts, stories, produced movies and the ocassional blog, check out my new website. CLICK
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Quoted from FrankM
Hi medstudent, thanks for your work on the front lines of this thing.

Though the conspiracy theories about the virus being created in a lab will never go away, initial computer models rated this virus as very unlikely to infect humans. That means the model was seriously flawed, but it also means it would have been a poor candidate upon which to build a weapon.

However, that makes it an ideal candidate for a lab thatís trying to practice level 4 protocols... especially a lab whose personnel are on video collecting field samples with comically insufficient PPE. I think the most likely scenario is a naturally occurring virus that escaped from a well-funded but poorly-run lab. A naturally occurring virus that might have stayed out of the human population indefinitely had it been left alone or handled properly.


yep


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(a little about me)
I live in Florida, I am native from Brazil.
I have "temporarily retired" to my mom's farm to try to "shield" her. She is 74, diabetic, but overall good health. Also for me, it is nice to take some time off and enjoy nature, animals, farm labor, and soaking in the sun.
Reports says 80% of fatalities was low in Vit D. I am not even using sunblock as crazy as I used to.
So, planting corn today, got me pretty burned.
I do hope humanity will get out of this stronger and wiser.
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Hi Miranda, nice to see you posting.

There's a theory re vitamin D and Covid for sure, but don't get melanoma in the process of getting plenty of sunshine.  

Here in Oz we're headed for a heatwave this weekend, so they say...

P.S. Your image doesn't show for me but that could also be my tablet being a pain in the butt.

If it's not just me try posting the image between:

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Quoted from Miranda
(a little about me)
I live in Florida, I am native from Brazil.
I have "temporarily retired" to my mom's farm to try to "shield" her. She is 74, diabetic, but overall good health. Also for me, it is nice to take some time off and enjoy nature, animals, farm labor, and soaking in the sun.
Reports says 80% of fatalities was low in Vit D. I am not even using sunblock as crazy as I used to.
So, planting corn today, got me pretty burned.
I do hope humanity will get out of this stronger and wiser.
(not sure the picture posted properly)  




Welcome, Miranda - thanks for the intro.

Wondering if 80% of people in general are low in Vitamin D. Hmm....


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We (and many others) dabble in viruses mostly as a defense against bio weapons. I have some experience with working at the CDC as a medical student way back when. Got a firsthand look at our own bioweapons defense program.

Not saying it was a virus that was manipulated and released intentionally. Just say saying this is the first Coronavirus with the capabilities that this one has. Itís a very unique virus. Could it have come as a transfer from another animal species naturally. Certainly. Could have been released accidentally from a bio weapons lab. Very plausible.


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Quoted from Miranda

I live in Florida, I am native from Brazil.

Good to see more females around here and from Florida too. We are several people from Florida here. I'm in Gainesville but from Sweden.  

As far as vitamin D and sunblock go, I never wear sunblock except for on my nose. My husband and I are sun worshippers, but we rather get a wrinkle or two than not getting enough sun. We are like those old people you see on Florida beaches, two dried up brown lizards.  


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Hello everyone. It is very long time not to write here. But I always read here.
In Turkey, the goverment has hided the case numbers for months. They opened all schools, restaurants and turned normal without doing anything. They only warned people mask, distance and hygiene.
They were forced to explain the numbers yesterday. It is more than 29.132 in a day. the turst of the tests are low. There ara a lot of people have covid but test results are negative. they also don't make test if you haven't any sympton even you contact with a patient. they closed schoos and restaurants again. they have made an agreement with china's vaccine. people also don't trust this vaccine either.
sorry for my english
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What a strange virus - such a disparate impact.

So, I have a brother - 62. He's had congestive heart failure for the better part of a decade, been in the ICU a dozen times over that period, has been given last rights three times and is on oxygen about 12 hours a day.

Two weeks ago he got COVID from a Nurse visit (she had it and didn't know it).  Four days after testing positive he is totally fine. You wouldn't even know he had it.

Meanwhile - another friend of mine who has been an iron man athlete, health nut all his life got it a few weeks ago and has been in the ICU on a ventilator for most of that time.

Such a weird thing.




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Glad to hear your brother recovered quickly but your ironman friend is what scares me. I'm an avid runner and cyclist that believes in being invincible. I keep my guard up but you just never know who or when it will rear its ugly self.

Arizona, like most of the States, is off the chart. It's to the point where hospitals are triaging who gets to stay and who can't. Yet, I go to Safeway this week and some a-hole mom and her 10 year old daughter aren't wearing masks. WTF?
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Glad to hear your brother recovered quickly but your ironman friend is what scares me. I'm an avid runner and cyclist that believes in being invincible. I keep my guard up but you just never know who or when it will rear its ugly self.

Arizona, like most of the States, is off the chart. It's to the point where hospitals are triaging who gets to stay and who can't. Yet, I go to Safeway this week and some a-hole mom and her 10 year old daughter aren't wearing masks. WTF?


Had the same problem at Smart and Final yesterday. Morons!


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I notices that nurses wear KN-95 and a simple medical mask on top of that. the simple medical they throw away from time to time I guess.
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