HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
FOR YOUNG WOMEN AND YOUNG COUPLES TO READ:
COVID-19 can destroy placenta and lead to stillbirth, study finds
(J. Harris: This is another good reason young women SHOULD get vaccinated — even more so if they might get pregnant. Good summary article that is easy to understand.)
Among pregnant women, the coronavirus can severely damage the placenta, leading to fetal asphyxiation and stillbirth, according to research published Feb. 10 in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.….The findings underscore the importance of vaccination among pregnant women, according to health experts.
Among pregnant and postpartum individuals, SARS-CoV-2 infection was associated with an increased risk of a composite outcome of maternal mortality or serious morbidity from obstetric complications.
Challenges in Inferring Intrinsic Severity of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant
(J. Harris: This is a readable, referenced letter regarding Omicron in S. Africa. It points out that there’s still a lot we don’t know about the Omicron Variants.
”… caution is warranted when it comes to making inferences about omicron’s intrinsic traits, particularly its severity, on the basis of population-level observations…On the contrary, omicron’s immune-evasion capability has enabled it to infect many people who wouldn’t have been infected by previous variants, which has fueled its rapid spread and allowed it to more quickly infect nonimmune people, thereby offsetting what appears to be a moderately lower intrinsic severity and exacerbating overcrowding of hospital systems and demands on caregivers…More time and careful comparisons controlling for age, preexisting immunity, detection bias, lag time, hospital capacity, and other factors will be required to determine omicron’s intrinsic virulence…”
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES:
Some long Covid sufferers try to exercise but end up feeling worse.
”…These exercise-induced problems are not, however, merely the byproduct of becoming out of shape. The effects “are very, very different from normal and simple detraining… They also don’t seem to be the result of lung or heart injury…Yet when the long Covid patients exercised on a stationary bicycle, Dr. Systrom found that some veins and arteries were not working properly, preventing oxygen from being delivered efficiently to their muscles…Nobody knows why these blood vessel problems occur… but another …recent studies suggested that long Covid patients experience damage to a certain kind of nerve fiber involved in how organs and blood vessel function.
A FOOTBALL ARTICLED BY MARSHALL’S FAVORITE NEW YORK TIMES WRITER, KEN BELSON
For N.F.L. Perfection, a Steep Price
AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED, IF A DAY OR TWO LATE:
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ESPECIALLY ON VALENTINES DAY, NEVER FALL FOR A TENNIS PLAYER. LOVE MEANS NOTHING TO THEM.
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