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


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I caught a virus in early April from Cancun. My friend didn't feel well the last day we were there and she said she felt like she did when she had covid. I had 10 days of symptoms like stuffy nose, wet and dry cough off and on sneezing and thats it. No other symptoms. I thought I had finally gotten over it then I coughed for 3 more weeks. Mild cough with phlem and no phelm. No matter what I did it wouldn't go away. Every week it decreased but it was still there. I mixed some Indian herbs and spices and finally it went away. (FYI Anjawain/carom seeds/extract prevents coughing and opens up the lungs and relieves asthma symptoms.)

A week later in May My bday rolls around and I'm living it up in Africa. Get home and boom mild fever, Chills and stuffy nose that lasted for 5 days. I was taking my concoctions during and after my trip and I believed that helped. (FYI Perilla extract has been proven to stop coronavirus from replicating and inhibits covid, it also prevents weight gain which was my original use for it). I was taking that as well.

I think I had Covid even though my rapid antigen was negative. No one in my house caught it nor did I pass what I had to them even though I was around them. I know my drinking caused inflammation which opened me up to infection.(I know I know.) And the constant coughing may have increased irritation and inflammation so I may have just been fighting that towards the end of my symptoms.

I'm glad and grateful that my symptoms were mild, but I'm disappointed at how long it takes me to stop having symptoms. When before the pandemic I hadn't caught anything not even a cold in over 10 years.
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As far as the video is concerned, in the US Covid is over. We are on our own. There is no more money for tests,vaccines, treatments, or resources. No protections or lockdowns will be put in place if something breaks out again and that’s how some folks in this country want it..
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As far as the video is concerned, in the US Covid is over. We are on our own. There is no more money for test, vaccines, treatments, resources. No protections or lockdowns will be put in place if something breaks out again and that’s how some folks in this country want it..
Unfortunately, we were always on our own. The earlier facades just eased the population into it. I can't say they were effective.


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I am glad this thread still reports the reality of Covid...and here are some articles on the Covid outbreak, at the CDC Covid Conference, this past April.

More current ones.
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Either A Blessing Or A Lesson.

COVID's lasting effects: For many, wine tastes like water and smoke smells like clean air​

Story by Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY • 6h ago

By the second day of her COVID-19 infection, Lisa Milne was so congested she couldn't taste or smell anything.
A week later, when an antiviral and her immune system had worked their magic, she was almost back to normal. But while her infection resolved almost a year ago, her smell and taste have not returned.

Loss of smell was one of the defining characteristics of COVID-19 when it first spread in 2020; about 80% of those infected reported at least short-term loss. Although variants of omicron seem to have less effect on smell, about 15% of those infected endure at least a temporary loss.

It has been unclear why many people, like Milne, endure sensory loss longer.

A new study based on a 2021 national survey found more than 6 million people reported sensory loss as of that year, and a quarter reported long-term deficits.

For Milne, 59, a software marketing professional in Pelham, New Hampshire, the loss has been depressing and disorienting.

She loves to cook with her husband, Tom, and share a glass of wine while they do. Milne, a volunteer in a Mass General Brigham patient study of COVID-19-related smell and taste loss, can no longer taste the wine (though she can still identify cheap vintages from the mouth feel) and she needs her husband to tell her if what they've made is any good. She has burned a few things ‒ not noticing until Tom asked if she was intentionally burning down the kitchen. "So there's some danger involved," she said.

"What is that virus that did this?" she said. "That did this to me and not to my friend next door?"

COVID-19 can also lead to distorted smells; favorite scents can suddenly resemble the smell of garbage. That can be a good sign− it suggests the sense of smell is slowly returning.

Claudia Gathercole, of Granger, Iowa, recently lost her ability to taste. Though it has been months since she caught COVID-19 while on an Alaskan cruise and her loss might have been caused by a subsequent infection, Gathercole said, the experience has been disconcerting.

Cooking brings her no pleasure, and going out to eat feels like a waste of money.

All she can taste is sweetness, which has made it harder to resist her sweet tooth. She put on a few pounds but is now losing them.

Everything that's not sweet or salty tastes bland, "like you're eating a spoonful of nothing," Gathercole said.

"I really hope somebody can crack this and find a way to make our taste buds reappear."

Reactions to the loss vary widely.

Just among his own patients, Bhattacharyya said, he has seen people lose vast amounts of weight because food no longer has any appeal, and some who gained because all they could taste was sweetness.

Sometimes, senses can suddenly reappear and then disappear again.

One night, Milne walked into a Thai restaurant after a hard workout and was thrilled to realize she could smell the food. But the sensation quickly faded. She has been trying to track the few times that has happened to better understand possible triggers.

Read the rest here COVID's lasting effects: For many, wine tastes like water and smoke smells like clean air (


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After avoiding COVID for 3 years---I am positive. We planned a Disney trip for the kids with my brother, parents (with step parents) granny and sis/bro in law. My mother gave it to us and im so angry. She does this ALL THE TIME. She has such FOMO. Her ADHD and dismissiveness is killing us. She went to see my newborn nephew and new she was sick and got mad my brother wouldn't let her hold him the last 9 of 10 days she was there. She came to this vacation making excuses as to why she can't come to the parks and now that we are all home, for the last 24 hrs we are all dropping like flies as far as symptoms. So far 3 positive tests and the symptoms are mounting. The kids have the fewest or no symptoms. Her husband and she balked when I suggested they may have COVID. And here we are. I have a headache, stuffy nose, low grade fever and I'm tired. Y'all throw a little prayer for me. Masking wasn't enough bc I realized that she touched everything


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@naturalgyrl5199 oh no! I hope you and the family get well soon! I know exactly how you feel too.
Me, my granny and step mom feel great and so do my brother. My sister isn't feeling well today and my brother still feels tired. Im a health care worker and since I've been fever free >24 hrs, I'm clear to go back to work. But I'm taking today off.


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Luckily Florida has many doctors and nurses who should be familiar with malaria that they will recognize it early enough to treat properly. A few years ago in Quebec, a Caribbean university student died of malaria, because the medical personnel didn’t know what he had, and by the time they finally thought to consult their Caribbean colleagues, it was much too late.


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Have you ladies heard about a few cases of Malaria being reported in FL?
Yup. Concerning. Most of the time you hear about malaria in the US, it is because the person traveled from an area where malaria is endemic.

These cases are from local transmission. Meaning there are mosquitos here that are carrying malaria. This ain't good. :nono:

And half the USA soon to be in tropic like conditions due to the heat wave. :nono:

Malaria cases in Texas and Florida are the first US spread in 20 years, CDC says​

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The United States has seen five cases of malaria spread by mosquitos in the past two months − the first time there has been local spread in 20 years − prompting authorities to issue a public health alert warning doctors, public health authorities and the public about the risk.
Four cases were identified in southwest Florida and one in southern Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The five cases are the first in 20 years to be caught locally in the United States.
"Malaria is a medical emergency and should be treated accordingly," the CDC said. "Patients suspected of having malaria should be urgently evaluated in a facility that is able to provide rapid diagnosis and treatment, within 24 hours of presentation."

Malaria is a serious disease transmitted through the bite of an infective female anopheline mosquito, according to the CDC. Although malaria can be fatal, the CDC said, illness and death from the disease can usually be prevented.
There is no evidence the five cases in the two states are related, the CDC said. The four cases in Florida were identified in Sarasota County, and the Florida Department of Health issued a statewide mosquito-borne illness advisory Monday.

Only one case was identified in a Texas resident who spent time working outdoors in Cameron County, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Both departments in Florida and Texas said public health authorities were monitoring local mosquito populations and surveilling their regions for other cases. The Florida Department of Health said it was also working to control the mosquito population in Sarasota County.
The CDC said all five patients have been treated and were improving. Cases of locally acquired malaria have not occurred in the United States since 2003, when eight cases were identified in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Malaria cases are rare in US​

Even with the five identified cases, the CDC said, the risk of catching malaria in the United States "remains extremely low."

But the health agency warned that female anopheline mosquitoes can be found throughout many regions in the country and can spread malaria if they feed on a person already infected with the disease.
"The risk is higher in areas where local climatic conditions allow the Anopheles mosquito to survive during most of or the entire year and where travelers from malaria-endemic areas are found," the CDC said.
More than 240 million cases of malaria occur each year worldwide, and 95% of cases are in Africa, according to the CDC. And a majority of cases in the United States are from people who travel from countries with malaria transmission.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC said, there were about 2,000 cases of mostly travel-related malaria in the United States each year, and about 300 people experienced severe disease.
Although rare, malaria can also spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, unsafe needle-sharing practice and from mother to fetus, according to the CDC.

The CDC warned that more people could bring the disease into the United States with summer international travel increasing to pre-pandemic levels and advised people to use bug spray during the warmer months.
Symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. People may also experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Though symptoms generally start about 10 days to four weeks after infection, people may feel sick as late as a year after infection.

Experts report increase in 'mosquito days'​

The number of "mosquito days," or periods where mosquitoes thrive in warm and humid weather, has increased in more than 170 U.S. locations over the past several decades, according to a report in May 2023 from the nonprofit climate science research organization Climate Central.
According to the report, a mosquito day has an average relative humidity of 42% or higher in addition to daily temperatures of 50 to 95 degrees. From 1979 to 2022, the report said, 173 U.S. locations saw annual mosquito days increase by 16 days on average.

The report warned that as the climate warms, especially during the spring and fall, many regions are becoming "more hospitable to mosquitoes," which allow the flying insects to arrive earlier and survive later into the year.
More mosquitoes also means a possible increase in health risks. "More mosquito days mean more opportunities for mosquitoes to bite people and potentially transmit disease," the report said.

How to get rid of mosquitoes​

Mosquitoes flock toward dark, humid places like under the sink, in showers, closets and laundry rooms, and under furniture, according to the CDC. Once they’re inside, they may start laying eggs in your home.
The first step you can take to minimize mosquitoes in or around your home is to check for and eliminate any standing water. One of the most common examples are trays under potted plants to catch excess water, said Elmer Gray, a public health extension specialist at the University of Georgia.

“If you have house plants on your deck and you have mosquitoes on your deck, you might be growing them right there,” Gray said.
Check your house and yard for areas that might be gathering water. That could be old tires collecting rainwater, dog dishes left outside, tree holes, rain barrels, gutters or garbage cans.
Contributing: Clare Mulroy

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How does malaria affect your immune system?
Summary: Plasmodium, the parasite responsible for malaria, impairs the ability of key cells of the immune system to trigger an efficient immune response. This might explain why patients with malaria are susceptible to a wide range of other infections and fail to respond to several vaccines.