Covid infection increases risk of mental health disorders, study finds. Researchers note need to follow patients after recovery for any emerging disorders. The Guardian – Melody Schreiber – Fri 18 Feb 2022 The results were all clear: Covid has a marked effect on mental health.
The Atlantic The Millions of People Stuck in Pandemic Limbo By Ed Yong February 16, 2022 Two years later, COVID-19 is still all around us, everywhere, and millions of people like Landon are walking around with a compromised immune system. A significant proportion of them don’t respond to COVID vaccines, so despite being vaccinated, many … [Read more…]
An Undiscovered Coronavirus? The Mystery of the ‘Russian Flu’ Scientists are grasping for any example that could help anticipate the future of Covid, even a mysterious respiratory pandemic that spread in the late 19th century. New York Times – By Gina Kolata Feb. 14, 2022
Another article from the Guardian concerning the lifting of COVID protocols in England and some experts reactions: Next Covid strain could kill many more warn scientists ahead of England restrictions ending. Demands grow for government science chiefs to reveal evidence backing move to lift last protective measures … The dangers posed by accepting the widespread … [Read more…]
From the PROMED bulletin ******  Carnosic acid (rosemary) Date: Tue 1 Feb 2022 Source: Scripps [edited] https://www.scripps.edu/news-and-events/press-room/2022/20220201-lipton-rosemary-covid19.html A team co-led by scientists at Scripps Research has found evidence that a compound contained in the medicinal and culinary herb rosemary could be a 2-pronged weapon against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The scientists, in … [Read more…]
Dr. Sherif R. Zaki, Acclaimed Disease Detective, Dies at 65 He helped identify numerous viruses, including Covid-19, as well as the bioterrorism attack that spread anthrax in 2001. By Sam Roberts Dec. 4, 2021 Dr. Sherif R. Zaki in 2006. He was, a colleague said, considered to be “among the most influential infectious disease pathologists … [Read more…]
In the Atlantic, Dr. Monica Gandhi writes about The New COVID Drugs Although molnupiravir—which is named after the Norse god Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir—was being tested for the treatment of the Ebola virus, researchers had not settled upon a purpose for the drug before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on the scene. Early studies of molnupiravir showed that its … [Read more…]
In the 11/25/2021 Guardian “Long Read” is Jill Lepore on post covid society, a summary of the modern social fabric, with her usual historical detail. “Other scholars see more continuity, an unbroken tradition of liberal and social democracy on the left, from early 20th-century progressivism down to the 21st-century version. But no one disputes that … [Read more…]
In the Guardian today (10/08/21) is an article Could the global Covid death toll be millions higher than thought? A data scientist and economics student joined forces in search of the real pandemic death toll – and the results are startling. Excess mortality, defined as the increase in deaths from all causes over the level … [Read more…]
Crashing computers, three-week delays tracking infections, lab results delivered by snail mail: State officials detail a vast failure to identify hotspots quickly enough to prevent outbreaks. In POLITICO is a look at how the information management for Health Departments country wide failed under pressure from COVID-19.