Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): The Disease & Its Spread (Per Se)

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Two additional deaths from blood clot after getting the AstraZeneca vaccine has been reported in Norway. That's five in total so far.
On Saturday Denmark reported two new 'serious' illness cases - including one death - occurring after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Denmark reports two cases of serious illness, including one death, after AstraZeneca shot

Denmark said on Saturday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. ...

The two, both hospital staff members, had both received the AstraZeneca vaccine less than 14 days before getting ill, the authority that runs public hospitals in Copenhagen said. ...

The Danish Medicines Agency confirmed it had received two “serious reports”, without giving further details. There were no details of when the hospital staff got ill. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...ne-death-after-astrazeneca-shot-idUSKBN2BC0A4
 

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Meanwhile, researchers are setting out to check whether the AstraZeneca vaccine might be triggering some sort of severe reaction only in certain people.
Scientists probe new theories on whether AstraZeneca shot linked to blood clots

Scientists are exploring several possibilities that might explain at least 18 reports of extremely rare blood clots in the brain that occurred in individuals in the days and weeks after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. ...

European investigators have put forward one theory that the vaccine triggers an unusual antibody in some rare cases; others are trying to understand whether the cases are linked with birth control pills.

But many scientists say there is no definitive evidence and it is not clear whether or why AstraZeneca’s vaccine would cause an issue not shared by other vaccines that target a similar part of the coronavirus.

Most of the rare blood clots have been seen in women and most cases have been reported in Europe. Two cases have been reported in India. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...neca-shot-linked-to-blood-clots-idUSKBN2BC01M
 

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Meanwhile, researchers are setting out to check whether the AstraZeneca vaccine might be triggering some sort of severe reaction only in certain people.


FULL STORY: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...neca-shot-linked-to-blood-clots-idUSKBN2BC01M
There have been two cases of severe platelet disorder in recipients of the Pfizer vaccine in the US in people with no previous condition or diagnosed disorder. One died. The docs are trying to figure out if given the millions of doses received this is the expected incidence of this disorder, which is very rare, or whether it was related to the vaccine.
 

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Imagine how much worse the Covid pandemic would have been if everyone ignored it and carried on without precautions and prevention measures. Also, 0.03% of the population is about as bad as the death toll of World War 2, in Britain and the USA at least.
 

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Imagine how much worse the Covid pandemic would have been if everyone ignored it and carried on without precautions and prevention measures. Also, 0.03% of the population is about as bad as the death toll of World War 2, in Britain and the USA at least.
Absolutely .. it's the efforts/attempts that hundred of thousands of people key working and millions of others just doing their best that has saved countless lives. I've got no time for the what if/head in the sand crowd.
 

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Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid

The virus that causes the common cold can effectively boot the Covid virus out of the body's cells, say researchers.

Some viruses are known to compete in order to be the one that causes an infection.

And University of Glasgow scientists say it appears cold-causing rhinovirus trumps coronavirus.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56483445
 

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Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet

Covid-19 vaccines, vaccine passports and faked negative test papers are being sold on the darknet.

Prices range between $500 (£360) and $750 for doses of AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm or Johnson & Johnson jabs.

Fake vaccination certificates are also being sold by anonymous traders for as little as $150.

Researchers say they have seen a "sharp increase" in vaccine-related darknet adverts, while the BBC has been unable to verify if the vaccines are real.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56489574

On a side note i love the title of the reporter of this article

By Joe Tidy
Cyber reporter

a robot reporter?
 

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Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet

Covid-19 vaccines, vaccine passports and faked negative test papers are being sold on the darknet.

Prices range between $500 (£360) and $750 for doses of AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm or Johnson & Johnson jabs.

Fake vaccination certificates are also being sold by anonymous traders for as little as $150.

Researchers say they have seen a "sharp increase" in vaccine-related darknet adverts, while the BBC has been unable to verify if the vaccines are real.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56489574

On a side note i love the title of the reporter of this article

By Joe Tidy
Cyber reporter

a robot reporter?
I would suspect also that fake vaccines are being flogged too.
 

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I've got no time for the what if/head in the sand crowd.
Exactly and I would also add to the "no time" list the "would have died anyway" brigade, as if those people were a bunch of flowers that hadn't been put in water. Real people have died and hundreds of thousands of their friends and relatives will be in mourning and, for those, life will never be the same again.
 

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The use of the AZ vaccine is on hold in Norway and it will probably be a permanent stop on using it due to the blood clot reports.
It won't be a loss, since it has been reported to be less effective against the South African variant.
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Covid: South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccine rollout over new variant
Published 8 February

South Africa has put its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on hold after a study showed "disappointing" results against its new Covid variant.
Scientists say the variant accounts for 90% of new Covid cases in South Africa.
The trial, involving some 2,000 people, found that the vaccine offered "minimal protection" against mild and moderate cases.
But experts are hopeful that the vaccine will still be effective at preventing severe cases.
South Africa has recorded almost 1.5 million coronavirus cases and more than 46,000 deaths since the pandemic began - a higher toll than any other country on the continent.
The country has received one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and was preparing to start vaccinating people.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-55975052
 

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Germans not happy since the government has extended lock down through April 18fh in Germany.

German ICUs are filling up again.

Boris Johnson sends warning to fellow British that he fears what is happening in Europe will wash up onto the British shores.
 

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With more than half the adult UK population now vaccinated (with the eldest and most vulnerable done first), and between 300k and 600k per day now being jabbed that seems unlikely.
Unless of course the vaccine is not efficacious.
 

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Comparing Covid-19 to historic pandemics is not valid. Conditions, global econonomics, transport and medicine are not equivalent.

My one question is: why can't the media label the new variants "A, B or C" or whatever. I'm sure the virologists have done so (perhaps requiring simplification for public consumption) but it's obvious that the media, of any country, latch on to "The South Africa variant" or "The English variant" not because that's where it was first discovered but it serves nationalist feelings.
 

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The use of the AZ vaccine is on hold in Norway and it will probably be a permanent stop on using it due to the blood clot reports.
It won't be a loss, since it has been reported to be less effective against the South African variant.
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Covid: South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccine rollout over new variant
Published 8 February

South Africa has put its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on hold after a study showed "disappointing" results against its new Covid variant.
Scientists say the variant accounts for 90% of new Covid cases in South Africa.
The trial, involving some 2,000 people, found that the vaccine offered "minimal protection" against mild and moderate cases.
But experts are hopeful that the vaccine will still be effective at preventing severe cases.
South Africa has recorded almost 1.5 million coronavirus cases and more than 46,000 deaths since the pandemic began - a higher toll than any other country on the continent.
The country has received one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and was preparing to start vaccinating people.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-55975052
From what I understand there have been reports of blood clots where other vaccines are concerned, definitely Pfizer but maybe also Moderna.

Is the South African variant the prevalent strain in Norway? If so, fair enough.
 

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From what I understand there have been reports of blood clots where other vaccines are concerned, definitely Pfizer but maybe also Moderna.

Is the South African variant the prevalent strain in Norway? If so, fair enough.
It's increasing, but the English variant is dominant these days.
 

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India is reporting that double covid mutants are being reported.

Health officials are still trying to figure out what this means.

I am not sure what a double mutant is ?
 

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It's increasing, but the English variant is dominant these days.
The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine copes well enough with that variant. It still works to an extent against the SA strain , though not so much with mild and moderate infections.
 

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Hong Kong and Macau suspends Pfizer vaccinations, due to defective bottle seals.
The Pfizer vaccine is the temperamental one that becomes denatured and loses its efficacy if not stored in a fully sealed state at -80 C and a tested batch in Hong Kong was found to be defective.
Rather worryingly, the report states "We were unsure earlier whether it was all Pfizer vaccines or just the defective bunch."
This obviously will be of concern to anyone who received the Pfizer vaccine, regarding whether the dose they received still retained its fleeting potency.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/l...ines?page=with:block-605ad79a8f0842edbee7cda2
 

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Welcome to the second year of "Three weeks to flatten the curve".

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Welcome to the second year of "Three weeks to flatten the curve".

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Sweden didn't bother to flatten the curve. Now they got nearly 10 times more dead from COVID than their neighbour country Norway.
 

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Deaths per 100,000:

Sweden: (Didn't)130

Norway: (Did) 12

UK: (Did) 190

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Its not easy to compare countries with different population densities.

Sweden is about 1.9 times bigger than United Kingdom.
United Kingdom is approximately 243,610 sq km, while Sweden is approximately 450,295 sq km, making Sweden 85% larger than United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the population of United Kingdom is ~65.8 million people (55.6 million fewer people live inSweden).

https://www.mylifeelsewhere.com/country-size-comparison/sweden/united-kingdom

Norway is about 1.3 times bigger than United Kingdom.
United Kingdom is approximately 243,610 sq km, while Norway is approximately 323,802 sq km, making Norway 33% larger than United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the population of United Kingdom is ~65.8 million people (60.3 million fewer people live in Norway).

https://www.mylifeelsewhere.com/country-size-comparison/norway/united-kingdom
 

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Its not easy to compare countries with different population densities.

Sweden is about 1.9 times bigger than United Kingdom.
United Kingdom is approximately 243,610 sq km, while Sweden is approximately 450,295 sq km, making Sweden 85% larger than United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the population of United Kingdom is ~65.8 million people (55.6 million fewer people live inSweden).

https://www.mylifeelsewhere.com/country-size-comparison/sweden/united-kingdom

Norway is about 1.3 times bigger than United Kingdom.
United Kingdom is approximately 243,610 sq km, while Norway is approximately 323,802 sq km, making Norway 33% larger than United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the population of United Kingdom is ~65.8 million people (60.3 million fewer people live in Norway).

https://www.mylifeelsewhere.com/country-size-comparison/norway/united-kingdom
lndeed. Simply saying “Lockdown/non-lockdown” is a blunt instrument.

Other factors l can think of off the top of my head:

Age profile/average age of the population
Proportion of population that is BAME
Smoking prevalence
Rigour with which Covid is diagnosed
Health provision
Prevalence of multi-generation households

Etc.

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Sweden didn't bother to flatten the curve. Now they got nearly 10 times more dead from COVID than their neighbour country Norway.
Not true. For a long time, the ONLY strategy Sweden had was to flatten the curve. This was to be achieved through social distancing and hand washing. "Flatten the curve" was mentioned from the very first press conference as a response to what was happening in Italy at the time.

Link to SVT article on the importance of flattening the curve from 16th March 2020.
https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/darfor-maste-vi-platta-ut-kurvan

At no point have the health services here been overwhelmed which was the whole point - to make sure there was a bed for you if you needed it. Sweden didn't go for lockdown, it went for "be sensible". But then the virus took hold in old people's homes and care facilities. So far, 13,300 have died and over 90% of those are elderly (70+).
 

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This newly published research reviews what's known about the range of effects COVID-19 induces in "long haulers" who remain affected by the virus long after the initial infection.
Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome: Columbia Physicians Review What’s Known About “Long-Haulers”

The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of millions of people around the world but has also left hundreds with lingering symptoms or completely new symptoms weeks after recovery.

Much is unknown about what causes these symptoms and how long they last. But with nearly 740,000 cases of COVID reported in New York City since last March — and 28 million in the United States — physicians are increasingly seeing these “long-haulers” in their practices. ...

“Over the course of the summer, we started getting a sense of what issues these people were having,” says Ani Nalbandian, MD, ... first author of a new review of post-acute COVID-19.

“We felt that a review of all these possible issues would be important not only for health care providers but also for patients. It’s important for patients to know that what they’re experiencing may be a consequence of COVID-19 infection and that they are not alone in experiencing lingering effects of COVID-19 infection.”

Nalbandian, along with co-first author Kartik Sehgal, MD, ... spearheaded the review effort, bringing together more than 30 experts from Columbia and other medical centers hit by the initial wave. The review summarizes what the physicians were seeing in their own patients and what others had reported in the literature. The experts represented a wide range of fields, including neurology, cardiology, and nephrology. ...
FULL STORY: https://scitechdaily.com/post-acute...icians-review-whats-known-about-long-haulers/
 

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Here are the bibliographic details and abstract from the newly published long hauler review. The full report is accessible at the link below.

Nalbandian, A., Sehgal, K., Gupta, A. et al.
Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome.
Nat Med (2021).
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-021-01283-z

Abstract
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the pathogen responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which has resulted in global healthcare crises and strained health resources. As the population of patients recovering from COVID-19 grows, it is paramount to establish an understanding of the healthcare issues surrounding them. COVID-19 is now recognized as a multi-organ disease with a broad spectrum of manifestations. Similarly to post-acute viral syndromes described in survivors of other virulent coronavirus epidemics, there are increasing reports of persistent and prolonged effects after acute COVID-19. Patient advocacy groups, many members of which identify themselves as long haulers, have helped contribute to the recognition of post-acute COVID-19, a syndrome characterized by persistent symptoms and/or delayed or long-term complications beyond 4 weeks from the onset of symptoms. Here, we provide a comprehensive review of the current literature on post-acute COVID-19, its pathophysiology and its organ-specific sequelae. Finally, we discuss relevant considerations for the multidisciplinary care of COVID-19 survivors and propose a framework for the identification of those at high risk for post-acute COVID-19 and their coordinated management through dedicated COVID-19 clinics.

SOURCE (And Full Article): https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01283-z
 

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Biden’s CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, has claimed the U.S. is on the edge of “ doom” as covid cases rise 10% in a few days.

Most states have relaxed covid rules and mask requirements showing no interest in what the CDC is saying.
 
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