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"What's Up With COVID and How to Protect Yourself: 2024 Edition" © 2024 by Hazel Newlevant is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Download a printable PDF of this zine here! Print on 4 sheets of paper, double-sided, short-edge binding. Fold it in half, then staple in the middle. Regular PDF here.

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SARS-CoV-2 infection and persistence in the human body and brain at autopsy

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is known to cause multi-organ dysfunction1,2,3 during acute infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), with some patients experiencing prolonged symptoms, termed post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2. However, the burden of infection outside the respiratory tract and time to viral clearance are not well characterized, particularly in the brain. Here we carried out complete autopsies on 44 patients who died with COVID-19, with extensive sampling of the central nervous system in 11 of these patients, to map and quantify the distribution, replication and cell-type specificity of SARS-CoV-2 across the human body,

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Virus Distribution

A lot of people would benefit from reading this excellent presentation, not just therapists

A lot of the information presented today may be new for you, and some of it might be upsetting or stressful

You may experience feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, sadness, defensiveness

Notice what’s coming up for you and acknowledge it without judgement

Notice how your nervous system is responding, and do what you need to do to regulate so you can stay engaged

The goal is not to do anything differently right now – just to stay open and listen

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What Therapists Need to Know
COVID Safety for Schools

Resources to help schools keep students and staff safe

The COVID Safety for Schools Course is a high-quality video-based course for Australian schools. It explains the realities of COVID in clear, easy-to-understand language and provides practical advice on how to minimise the risk of COVID spreading at schools, based on the latest science.

The course has been created with the involvement of leading scientific and medical experts in fields relevant to COVID-19.

The course is available online, self-paced and completely free.

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A literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing central access to 29074 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

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A Beautiful, Outstanding Site About SARS-CoV-2

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What To Do If You Get COVID

Practical tips to protect yourself from the long tail of risk

That moment you’ve been dreading has arrived (perhaps not for the first time). You or someone in your household woke up with a sore throat maybe, or a nagging cough, and you did the swab. Double red line. Dammit.

What to do now? “Pax and relax”? Sit it out and hope for the best? Go about your normal business (as an increasingly alarming number of “experts” seem to be advising)? Is it really all down to a matter of good luck, good genes and good health? Not really. The available science says that there are differences in outcomes for people based on the choices they make after they get COVID, provided they move quickly.

In this post, we will share with you the things that we would do in that situation.

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Outpatient treatment of COVID-19 and incidence of post-COVID-19 condition over 10 months (COVID-OUT): a multicentre, randomised, quadruple-blind, parallel-group, phase 3 trial

 

Post-COVID-19 condition (also known as long COVID) is an emerging chronic illness potentially affecting millions of people. We aimed to evaluate whether outpatient COVID-19 treatment with metformin, ivermectin, or fluvoxamine soon after SARS-CoV-2 infection could reduce the risk of long COVID.

Outpatient treatment with metformin reduced long COVID incidence by about 41%, with an absolute reduction of 4·1%, compared with placebo. Metformin has clinical benefits when used as outpatient treatment for COVID-19 and is globally available, low-cost, and safe.
 
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Common diabetes drug shown to prevent long COVID

A 14-day course of metformin, a common drug used to manage type 2 diabetes, prevents long COVID, according to a new study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

The promising results come from the COVID-OUT study, which looked at three readily available drugs: ivermectin, fluvoxamine, and metformin, for both COVID treatment and long-COVID prevention. All three drugs had shown antiviral properties in vivo against SARS-CoV-2, and all had been promising medical treatments for the virus, as they are cheap and safe.

Now, more than 2 years after the outpatients trial began, metformin is the only medical intervention in the study shown to prevent long COVID.

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Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in stool samples and nasopharyngeal swabs from COVID-19 patients in the UAE

Overall, in this study, 42% of participants that tested positive for the virus in nasopharyngeal swabs also tested positive in stools highlighting the high rate of viral shedding in stools among COVID-19 patients and demonstrating that wastewater-based epidemiology could provide estimates of infectious cases in the population. Based on the results reported in this study, wastewater-based surveillance has the advantage of monitoring virus shedding over time from symptomatic, asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, and post-symptomatic individuals. This approach can present valuable information on the prevalence of the virus in the community and the early detection of outbreaks. Previously, studies investigating SARS-CoV-2 detection in stool samples were qualitative and involved hospitalized and severe cases. In this study, we explored the quantitative pattern of viral shedding in mild cases and highlighted the disparity between viral shedding in stools and nasopharyngeal swabs.

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Viral Load-Vax_vs_non-vax

Viral load in stools and nasopharyngeal swabs of unvaccinated and vaccinated (at least 1 dose) participants.

What SARS-CoV-2 Does to the Body (3rd Edition, December 2023)

The Ever-Expanding Biological Minefield


With the JN.1 variant heading into 2024, with poor booster uptake and little to no masking, many Americans will be bringing home a deadly and disabling virus from their holiday celebrations and discovering their new status as a disabled person in the following months. Following up with our previous editions of this archive, from July 2023 and November 2022, this compilation of medical research on just how SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 harm the human body is more important now than ever.

How To Talk To Your Loved Ones About Covid

So, you love someone who has stopped taking Covid precautions (or never took them to begin with)


What are you going to do now? If you’re here, you’re concerned about keeping your community safe. But how? What do those conversations actually look like? This guide is a template for navigating these emotionally-charged and difficult conversations. It attempts to put you on a good path for teaching others what you know while encouraging mask wearing, doing what you can to protect your community, including yourself.

We are speaking across a huge divide.

Everyone who has stopped masking is living in a different version of reality than we are. In their minds, Covid is over. Or milder, or a problem for the sick. All around, restaurants are open. The bars are open. The mall is open. False ‘normalcy’ is everywhere.

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What to Do When I Have Covid

Part of responsible citizenship during a pandemic involves avoiding becoming infected (and likely spreading infection) as much as possible. It also involves having a plan in place in case we do get infected. Just like we’re more likely to survive a fire or an earthquake if we’ve planned ahead for it (including gathering supplies, educating ourselves on risks and common mistakes, and developing protocols for ourselves and our families), we’re more likely to have a mild experience with Covid if we plan ahead. 
This document is meant to get you thinking about what your Covid+ plan might look like.

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Eyeglasses and risk of COVID-19 transmission - analysis of the Virus Watch Community Cohort study

Highlights

  • Eyeglasses are associated with a protective effect against COVID-19
  • The protective effect was reduced if wearing glasses interfered with mask-wearing
  • There was no protective effect for those who wore contact lens
  • Still a protective association after adjusting for age, sex, occupation and income

Infectivity of exhaled SARS-CoV-2 aerosols is sufficient to transmit covid-19 within minutes

Six aerosol samples from three individuals were culturable, of which five were successfully quantified using TCID50. The source strength of the three individuals was highest during singing, when they exhaled 4, 36, or 127 TCID50/s, respectively.

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Covid & The Immune System

“No, we are *not* going to sling around misinformation like “immunity debt” this winter. Here are 40 sources on what covid does to your immune system”

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What SARS-CoV-2 Does to the Body (2nd Edition, July 2023)

Published by the Pandemic Accountability Index, July 7, 2023

Last November, we posted a compilation of over a hundred studies and articles on how the SARS-CoV-2 virus can harm the body. It’s been a little over six months since then, and a lot more research has been published since then. So, it’s long overdue to revisit our understanding of why it’s just so important to prevent infections from a deadly & disabling virus that has ended and upended the lives of millions around the world – in Europe alone; the WHO is saying that over 36 million are suffering from Long COVID disability, an umbrella term for numerous medical complications.

Those who have insisted that SARS-CoV-2 is relatively harmless or “mild” or insisted that COVID-19 is “just a cold/flu” should be forced to contend with the ever-growing mountain of scientific research that has emerged as new discoveries continue to be researched to this day.

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We Own it to Each Other to Create Safe and Accessible Spaces

Safer In-Person Gatherings is what we should all want. The Peoples CDC has published this guide that offers strategies for safer in-person gatherings.

COVID-19 is airborne and in our efforts to be together, we do not want to leave behind those who cannot access indoor and in-person spaces during this pandemic.

You can view the slideshow by clicking on the image. If you would like to download the Safer Gatherings PDF to share  click here to download

 

@PeteUK7 hosted this space with Dr. Rae Duncan and Dr. Claire Taylor.

Anyone who’s been keeping up with the UK Covid Inquiry will know that woeful decisions & incapable people led us into this terrible situation.  If OTOH you want to hear real professionals tell you the TRUTH about Covid & the present-day risks to you & your family.

Listen Here if you do not have a Twiter account.

 

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EXPERT OPINION ON THERAPEUTIC TARGETS 2023, VOL. 27, NOS. 4–5, 263–267 

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Virus-induced senescence: A therapeutic target to mitigate severe progression of SARS-COV-2

The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in a severe global public health catastrophe, with COVID-19 being the 3rd largest cause of death in the U.S.A, ranked only behind heart disease and cancer. There were also significant economic costs with the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, first identified in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. New strains have emerged throughout the pandemic that differ in transmission efficiency, virulence, and vaccine susceptibility, thus complicating the spread of the pandemic.

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Beyond the acute illness: Exploring long COVID and its impact on multiple organ systems

The emergence of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has significantly impacted human health on a global scale. Since the first reported case in December 2019, the virus has spread rapidly across the globe, infecting millions of individuals and leading to widespread morbidity and mortality.

 Although COVID-19 primarily affects the respiratory system, emerging evidence indicates that it may also harm other organs, including the cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, dermatological, and renal systems, resulting in chronic complications in some people. These post-COVID-19 complications are known as long COVID or post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC).

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COVID Inquiry Podcast

Listen to all 10 episodes of the COVID Inquiry Podcast presented by the BBC.

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What is the UK Covid-19 Inquiry?

 The UK Covid-19 Inquiry has been set up to examine the UK’s response to and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and learn lessons for the future. 

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SARS-CoV-2 is associated with changes in brain structure in UK Biobank

There is strong evidence of brain-related abnormalities in COVID-19. However, it remains unknown whether the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection can be detected in milder cases and whether this can reveal possible mechanisms contributing to brain pathology. Here, we investigated brain changes in 785 participants of UK Biobank (aged 51–81 years) who were imaged twice using magnetic resonance imaging, including 401 cases who tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2 between their two scans—with 141 days on average separating their diagnosis and the second scan—as well as 384 controls. 

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Open Law Database

Open-Access Case Law Database

Among the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, countless legal issues are at the forefront. The Covid-19 Litigation Project aims to provide an overview on a worldwide scale of the case law resulting from challenges against government measures to fight the pandemic.

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The Most Important Lesson of the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID Patients Exhale High Levels of Virus the First Eight Days

COVID patients exhale high numbers of virus during the first eight days after symptoms start, as high as 1,000 copies per minute, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. It is the first longitudinal, direct measure of the number of SARS-CoV-2 viral copies exhaled per minute over the course of the infection — from the first sign of symptoms until 20 days after. On day eight, exhaled levels of virus drop steeply, down to near the limit of detection —an average of two copies exhaled per minute

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COVID-19 and Bone Health

Current evidence and reports indicate a direct relationship between SARS-CoV-2 infection and bone health, with SARS-CoV-2 having a significant negative effect on bone health. In this review, we analyzed the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on bone health and assessed the impact of COVID-19 on the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

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When The People Who Keep You Well Are Making You Sick

Obtaining Health Care Safely in the Pandemicene

First, a caveat: this piece is long. There aren’t a lot of profound truths in the following paragraphs, but there is a lot of nitty-gritty advice along the lines of “If they do X, you say Y.”  It’s gotta be granular, this time, because the devil is in the details. But as with any advice, some individual suggestions may or may not work for you. You may find some ideas helpful and others not, or find them helpful some of the time, but not always.

Accessing health care can be a very fraught enterprise, for a lot of reasons. Many people (including women, BIPOC, LGBTQ folks, people whose first language is not English, folks with disabilities or chronic illness, and those who are uninsured) are especially likely to find navigating the healthcare industry challenging because so many providers hold implicit biases that make it hard for patients to be heard and respected.

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A next-generation intranasal trivalent MMS vaccine induces durable and broad protection against SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern

There is an urgent need to develop a mucosal SARS-CoV-2 vaccine that can induce broad, durable protection. MMR has been one of the safest and most successful vaccines in human history. By expressing the six-proline-stabilized prefusion spikes from three diverse SARS-CoV-2 strains in the MeV, MuV-JL1, and MuV-JL2 vaccine strains from MMR, we generated a MMS trivalent vaccine candidate. Intranasally delivered MMS induced strong SARS-CoV-2-specific neutralizing antibody, mucosal IgA, and systemic and lung resident T cell immune responses that provide broad protection against challenge with each of these three strains. Therefore, MMS is a highly promising next-generation vaccine candidate against COVID-19. Furthermore, any of the three component vaccine viruses can be quickly modified when a new important SARS-CoV-2 variant appears.

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Covid is Airborne

From the World Health Network

COVID-19 is airborne, and COVID particles can hang in the air for hours. It is still possible to stay safe at indoor gatherings.

For more information on proper ventilation, see our ventilation guidelines. For information on staying safe in everyday life, see our guidelines for individuals.

Welcome to Covid Safe Network

By clicking “Read More” below you will find links to businesses and schools that take Covid precautions to protect their customers and staff. You will also find links to studies and news stories that demonstrate the severity of Covid-19.

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COVID SAFETY 101 (2023)

Covid (SARS-Cov-2) is short for severe acute respiratory syndrome
coronavirus 2. The virus is airborne and neuroinvasive. It causes vascular
disease and dysregulates immune systems. 

The pandemic is not over, the virus never became milder, and the government has continually lied about the threat.

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Covid Lists

A curated list of 337 bookmarks (and growing) about all things COVID-19. This is a great first stop if you are looking for information ranging from Research to consumer products.

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List of 2250 COVID-19 Studies

This extensive list of research studies and articles was curated by Zotero. Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research. Information dates back to December 2019 before the world knew we were heading into a pandemic. 

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T-Cells

T Cells & Covid-19: A Basic introduction

COVID-19 epidemiology update: Current situation

Summary of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, cases following vaccination, testing and variants of concern across Canada and over time. Older versions of this report are available on the archived reports page.

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Comparative study showed that children faced a 78% higher risk of new-onset conditions after they had COVID-19

We compared 1656 exposed and 1656 unexposed children from 1 February 2020 to 30 November 2021. The overall excess risk for new-onset conditions after COVID-19 was 78% higher in the exposed than unexposed children. We found significantly higher risks for some new conditions in exposed children, including mental health issues (aHR 1.8, 95% CI 1.1–3.0) and neurological problems (aHR 2.4, 95% CI 1.4–4.1).

Conclusion

Exposed children had a 78% higher risk of developing new conditions of interest after COVID-19 than unexposed children.

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Dr Ruth News

By Ruth Ann Crystal MD
Updated Weekly

Dr. Ruth’s SubStack publishes updates on COVID news and more weekly. If you subscribe for free, you can receive her weekly updates by E-mail. Information is about COVID-19 in the US.

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Use of Electronic Clinical Data to Track Incidence and Mortality for SARS-CoV-2–Associated Sepsis

Original Investigation 
Infectious Diseases
September 29, 2023

Question  How did the frequency and mortality for SARS-CoV-2–associated sepsis differ from presumed bacterial sepsis during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Findings  In this retrospective cohort study of 431, 017 inpatient encounters at 5 Massachusetts hospitals between March 2020 and November 2022, SARS-CoV-2–associated sepsis was present in 1.5% of all admissions and 28.2% of SARS-CoV-2–positive hospitalizations, whereas presumed bacterial sepsis was present in 7.1% of hospitalizations. Between the first and last study quarters, SARS-CoV-2–associated sepsis mortality decreased from 33.4% to 14.9% while presumed bacterial sepsis mortality was stable at 14.5%…

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Covid Safety Resource

FREE COVID Safety Resource List

Your ultimate guide to staying covid-safe

@violetblue.bsky.social has compiled a very extensive and informative list of questions, answers and links about COVID. She constantly updates this list making it a good bookmark to return to. Thank you Violet.

Share it with anyone who needs it.
No one is safe until all of us are safe.

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Cheat sheet for doctors and nurses and to leave in waiting rooms

Waiting Room Chea Sheet
COVID-19 Conversations

About COVID-19 Resources Canada

COVID-19 Resources Canada is an online national platform where we can join efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.

We collect videos, infographics and written explainers developed for non-scientists, plus resources with more scientific detail. Feel free to learn from them yourself, or to share them with those around you.

Follow this direct link to the Canadian Hazard COVID-19 Index which is regularly updated with data for Canada and for individual provinces.

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We are in the worst global health crisis of our lifetimes.
So why are we ignoring it?
As governments around the world surrender to COVID-19, people everywhere are told the virus is mild and the air is safe to breathe. 
We think they should know the truth.

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COVID Impacts: Home

While there have been many epidemics and pandemics throughout history, there has never been one that so rapidly and completely altered the dynamics of life on this planet as COVID-19. This LibGuide is an attempt to identify and highlight the monumental impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have on the world.

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Covid Advocacy Initiative

Advocacy group working to connect COVID-19 advocates at the local,  state, and national levels and taking action to prevent COVID-19 spread and save lives.

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COVID-Conscious Therapist Directory

Find mental health support that’s sensitive to the realities of living through COVID-19.
COVID-conscious mental health services should be accessible to everyone.

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Covid is in the air

To inform and bring together elements allowing everyone to act in the context of an airborne virus epidemic.

The goal? Reduce epidemic circulation and allow everyone to reintegrate social life into correct safety conditions. We want to inform you of the airborne nature of the COVID-19 virus, and its consequences for everyone, act to ensure that essential places are accessible to as many people as possible and protect in particular the most vulnerable, and our children.

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COVID Safety Shop

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Trying to help protect people from COVID-19. Spreading the word about the dangers of COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and others. Filling in for the CDC’s lack of information due to politics and corporations.
 
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A COVID FAQ with 300 Sources

 Jessica Wildfire, August 23, 2023

Earlier this year, politicians and news outlets tried once again to convince the public that the pandemic was over and that Covid had turned into the flu. They were wrong. Over the coming weeks and months, we’re going to find out just how wrong they were.

Highly mutated forms of Covid are showing up all over the world. Some Covid minimizers are backtracking while others are doubling and tripling down on the same old lies.

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Life, Health & the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

We live in the dual catastrophe of a viral pandemic, and a pandemic of misinformation. The latter
makes the former strangely invisible. Harms caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus are routinely minimized
to the point that many people believe the infection is ‘mild’ and our world is ‘post-pandemic.’
In here I raise the alarms…

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Peter Beaver is a sociologist and qualitative researcher with a PhD in patient safety. He would like a future for all of us that does not include preventable illness and uncontrolled pandemics. You can find
him on Twitter: @PeterJBeaver

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Wastewater Metric

Inside Medicine COVID-19 Metrics Dashboard

A COVID-19 dashboard that shows the daily metrics of Hospital Capacity, ICU Capacity, New Hospitalizations, Deaths, Wastewater Percentile and Tests for the US. 

Follow  Benjamin Renton on tableau public to see additional metrics on a wide range of COVID-19 stats.

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Professional support for
survivors & the bereaved

Our COVID-19: Recovery Response service is available to anyone who has been affected by COVID-19. Download our ‘Recovery after Critical Illness’ guide here and a ‘Returning to Work Following Critical Illness’ booklet here.

To contact our support team

Phone 0808 800 0029 or request email support here.

Please be aware that a COVID infection can quickly turn into sepsis, which, in turn, can quickly turn deadly. Know the signs.

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Impact of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Prevention Measures on Non-SARS-CoV-2 Hospital-Onset Respiratory Viral Infections: An Incidence Trend Analysis From 2015–2023

We reviewed hospital-onset respiratory viral infections, 2015–2023, in one hospital to determine whether Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission prevention measures prevented non-SARS-CoV-2 respiratory viral infections. Masking, employee symptom attestations, and screening patients and visitors for symptoms were associated with a 44%–53% reduction in hospital-onset influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), accounting for changes in community incidence.

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Covid-19 Aerosol Transmission

COVID-19 is spread by aerosols (airborne): an evidence review

There are still many who argue strongly against the role of aerosols in the transmission of COVID-19. In general, I think these arguments clash with science and have significant logical inconsistencies. Before getting to the evidence that COVID-19 is spread by aerosols, let’s dispel a few widely held misconceptions.

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We had COVID come into our home. How we stopped it from spreading

Author: Joey Fox, P. Eng, M.A.Sc @joeyfox85

We stopped COVID in our home! My wife felt sick early last week and then tested positive (RAT). Everyone in our family is now negative. My kids and I never got it. We didn’t resort to extreme measures like isolation or kids wearing N95s all day. This is how we did it.

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