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The Covid-19 Thread: News, Preparation Tips, Etc

Lylddlebit

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Opinion: Doctors didn’t believe that I had Covid-19. I found a way to make them listen​

Opinion by Chimére L. Smith
Published 6:14 AM EDT, Mon October 17, 2022


This video of
her telling her
story is long
but I enjoyed
listening to her
and find her
so admirable.

Powerful speech. I hope she reaches a place of healing.
 

Black Ambrosia

Well-Known Member

I get the gist of the above but I'm fuzzy on the BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 issue. It sounds like BQ.1.1 is dangerous but labeled in such a way that it appears to be a variant of the less dangerous BQ.1. Or is it saying that BQ.1 is more dangerous than it appears but the data is being watered down by reporting it as BQ.1.1? Data on rising hospitalizations supports that one of the variants is more dangerous but I'm still unclear which one is responsible. Or is the takeaway that Omicron in all it's forms is dangerous and makes up roughly 100% of all infections? I honestly can't keep up anymore.

Am I the only one confused? Again, I get that the CDC is sitting on data but what does the data say now that we have it?
 

dancinstallion

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There is a very large demand for pediatric nurses in all areas such as pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care units right now. I have never seen such a high demand for nurses in those specialties. :(
It is not looking good. They are paying a lot of money to get nurses in various states so it must be really bad. There was never a demand for pediatric nurses before now. Most if not all pediatric nurses don't travel (cuz there wasn't a need) so there is a shortage of pediatric nurses because young kids and babies weren't dying and filling the hospitals like this. :nono:
 

Evolving78

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There is a very large demand for pediatric nurses in all areas such as pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care units right now. I have never seen such a high demand for nurses in those specialties. :(
It is not looking good. They are paying a lot of money to get nurses in various states so it must be really bad. There was never a demand for pediatric nurses before now. Most if not all pediatric nurses don't travel (cuz there wasn't a need) so there is a shortage of pediatric nurses because young kids and babies weren't dying and filling the hospitals like this. :nono:
I have read that there is a shortage of pediatric units, since it’s doesn’t not generate adequate revenue from services rendered. So of course there would be a shortage of pediatric nurses.
 

ScorpioBeauty09

Well-Known Member
I get the gist of the above but I'm fuzzy on the BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 issue. It sounds like BQ.1.1 is dangerous but labeled in such a way that it appears to be a variant of the less dangerous BQ.1. Or is it saying that BQ.1 is more dangerous than it appears but the data is being watered down by reporting it as BQ.1.1? Data on rising hospitalizations supports that one of the variants is more dangerous but I'm still unclear which one is responsible. Or is the takeaway that Omicron in all it's forms is dangerous and makes up roughly 100% of all infections? I honestly can't keep up anymore.

Am I the only one confused? Again, I get that the CDC is sitting on data but what does the data say now that we have it?
The bolded. The CDC's own data tracks BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 but when the CDC talked about the data they combined them together under the BA.5 Omicron label and said new sub-variants only made up <1% of new cases when they emerged during the summer. Now they're separating the data and saying BQ.1 and BQ1.1 make up nearly 12% of new cases when they had the chance to sound the alarm back in July. Epidemiologists say it is unusual for sub-variants to go from <1% of new cases to nearly 12% out of the blue unless the CDC downplayed the seriousness of BQ.1 and BQ1.1 when they could've let the public know during the summer while people took off their masks and Biden said the pandemic is over. The reason they're coming forth now is that they can't ignore sub-variants that make up 12% of new cases, COVID19 hospitalizations are going up in Europe which means we are not far behind and we have a bad flu season coming up. The danger with these Omicron sub-variants is if they evade vaccines.
 
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dancinstallion

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There is a very large demand for pediatric nurses in all areas such as pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care units right now. I have never seen such a high demand for nurses in those specialties. :(
It is not looking good. They are paying a lot of money to get nurses in various states so it must be really bad. There was never a demand for pediatric nurses before now. Most if not all pediatric nurses don't travel (cuz there wasn't a need) so there is a shortage of pediatric nurses because young kids and babies weren't dying and filling the hospitals like this. :nono:


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dancinstallion

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A Virginia high school will stay open while hundreds of students call out sick with flu-like symptoms


500+ still sick with flu-like symptoms at Virginia high

Last week, about 1,000 students at the high school missed classes because they were sick with flu-like symptoms and all activities were canceled for the weekend. The school reopened on Monday.

(CNN)Hundreds of students missed class Monday at a northern Virginia high school where "a number of students have tested positive for influenza A" and others have symptoms consistent with the flu.
The number of students who stayed home from Stafford High School in Fredericksburg dropped from about 1,000 Friday to 670 on Monday, officials said.
 

Evolving78

Well-Known Member

A Virginia high school will stay open while hundreds of students call out sick with flu-like symptoms


500+ still sick with flu-like symptoms at Virginia high

Last week, about 1,000 students at the high school missed classes because they were sick with flu-like symptoms and all activities were canceled for the weekend. The school reopened on Monday.

(CNN)Hundreds of students missed class Monday at a northern Virginia high school where "a number of students have tested positive for influenza A" and others have symptoms consistent with the flu.
The number of students who stayed home from Stafford High School in Fredericksburg dropped from about 1,000 Friday to 670 on Monday, officials said.
This is awful! My child’s school just made masks optional!
 

Peppermynt

Defying Gravity
My boss was out sick last week for a few days - turns out he had Covid and Flu at the same time. He's recovering now but his heart rate has really dropped a lot. He actually got an alert from his Apple Watch that his heart rate was too low - it measured around 36 BPM this morning. He said he does have a low resting heart rate in general (he bikes and is very active but he does have thyroid issues.)

He's waiting for a callback from his doctor now to see what they want to do. :(
 

dancinstallion

Well-Known Member
My boss was out sick last week for a few days - turns out he had Covid and Flu at the same time. He's recovering now but his heart rate has really dropped a lot. He actually got an alert from his Apple Watch that his heart rate was too low - it measured around 36 BPM this morning. He said he does have a low resting heart rate in general (he bikes and is very active but he does have thyroid issues.)

He's waiting for a callback from his doctor now to see what they want to do. :(

I had a patient whose Heart rate was chilling in the 30's all night. That was the first time we had ever seen that and the patient was still talking and ambulatory. I told the patient's daughter that this is uncharted territory so every minute is a blessing. His heart rate even went down to 27 then back to low 30s when the doctor did his round. :eek:
The only problem with your friend is that no one is monitoring him, for when his body stops compensating for that low pulse. He needs to go to the emergency room Stat. He could have a heart blockage.
 

Peppermynt

Defying Gravity
I had a patient whose Heart rate was chilling in the 30's all night. That was the first time we had ever seen that and the patient was still talking and ambulatory. I told the patient's daughter that this is uncharted territory so every minute is a blessing. His heart rate even went down to 27 then back to low 30s when the doctor did his round. :eek:
The only problem with your friend is that no one is monitoring him, for when his body stops compensating for that low pulse. He needs to go to the emergency room Stat. He could have a heart blockage.
I think so too. I'm concerned cause he's still working right now because I see his status as in a meeting via MS Teams. I haven't spoken with him since this AM so maybe it went back to normal?
 

ScorpioBeauty09

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The bolded. The CDC's own data tracks BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 but when the CDC talked about the data they combined them together under the BA.5 Omicron label and said new sub-variants only made up <1% of new cases when they emerged during the summer. Now they're separating the data and saying BQ.1 and BQ1.1 make up nearly 12% of new cases when they had the chance to sound the alarm back in July. Epidemiologists say it is unusual for sub-variants to go from <1% of new cases to nearly 12% out of the blue unless the CDC downplayed the seriousness of BQ.1 and BQ1.1 when they could've let the public know during the summer while people took off their masks and Biden said the pandemic is over. The reason they're coming forth now is that they can't ignore sub-variants that make up 12% of new cases, COVID19 hospitalizations are going up in Europe which means we are not far behind and we have a bad flu season coming up. The danger with these Omicron sub-variants is if they evade vaccines.
I need to correct this.

Another doctor I follow posted the same data and was angry for the same reason. Current models predict a surge of BQ1 and BQ11 in mid-late November just in time for Thanksgiving. He clarified that the BQ1 and BQ11 variants appear to be neutralized by the Omicron vaccine according to neutralization studies. The evasiveness of these variants is that they are resistant to monoclonal antibody drugs that treat COVID-19.


 

dancinstallion

Well-Known Member
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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky tests positive for Covid again after taking a course of the antiviral pill Paxlovid

Walensky, 53, first tested positive on Oct. 21. She took a course of the antiviral pill Paxlovid, and later tested negative. But the symptoms returned and Walensky is again in isolation, working and holding virtual meetings, the CDC said.

Paxlovid has proven effective at preventing serious disease and death among those at highest risk, including older people and those who are immune compromised. But the pill appears to provide little or no benefit for younger adults. Some who take the drug have experienced a return of symptoms after completing Paxlovid’s five-day regimen of pills.
 

vevster

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky tests positive for Covid again after taking a course of the antiviral pill Paxlovid

Walensky, 53, first tested positive on Oct. 21. She took a course of the antiviral pill Paxlovid, and later tested negative. But the symptoms returned and Walensky is again in isolation, working and holding virtual meetings, the CDC said.

Paxlovid has proven effective at preventing serious disease and death among those at highest risk, including older people and those who are immune compromised. But the pill appears to provide little or no benefit for younger adults. Some who take the drug have experienced a return of symptoms after completing Paxlovid’s five-day regimen of pills.
The same thing happened to Biden and Fauci. It’s a common side effect of that drug.
 
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