The social threats of COVID-19 for people with chronic pain – free full-text /PMC7382418/ – July 2020
The negative impact of social changes prompted by the COVID-19 crisis may disproportionately affect individuals living with long-term painful conditions.
Living with chronic pain can threaten an individuals’
- fundamental social needs for autonomy (agency or independence),
- belonging (social connection), and
- justice (fairness).
In turn, for some, experiencing heightened social threat can maintain and exacerbate chronic pain. Continue reading
Considering the potential for an increase in chronic pain after the COVID-19 pandemic: PAIN – August 2020
I’m immediately skeptical after noticing that the first 2 of the 4 authors specialize in various forms of mental illness: Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Psychotherapy.
- Clauw, Daniel J. – Departments of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology), and U Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
- Häuser, Winfriedb, – Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität München, München, Germany and Department Internal Medicine I, Klinikum Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken, Germany.
The toll of this pandemic extends beyond physical illness, with important psychosocial stressors that include prolonged periods of limited interpersonal contact, isolation, fear of illness, future uncertainty, and financial strain. Continue reading
Common colds train the immune system to recognize COVID-19 | Live Science – By Rachael Rettner – Senior Writer – Aug2020
This existing immune system “memory” may explain why some people have milder COVID-19 infections.
Previous infections with common cold viruses can train the immune system to recognize SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a new study.
The study, published Aug. 4 in the journal Science, found that immune cells known as T cells that recognize common cold coronaviruses also recognize specific sites on SARS-CoV-2 — including parts of the infamous “spike” protein it uses to bind to and invade human cells. Continue reading
Scent dog identification of samples from COVID-19 patients – a pilot study | BMC Infectious Diseases | Full Text – Research article, Open Access – July 2020
With our search for solutions to the current health crisis focused only on cutting edge science, we sometimes forget to reevaluate older, simpler remedies that could be repurposed or improved quickly to use while we wait for a better technological solution.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, early, ideally real-time, identification of SARS-CoV-2 infected individuals is pivotal in interrupting infection chains.
Volatile organic compounds produced during respiratory infections can cause specific scent imprints, which can be detected by trained dogs with a high rate of precision. Continue reading
I was blogging about an article, Does Wearing a Mask Protect Me?, and found myself getting angrier and angrier about all the propaganda (deliberate lies) we’ve been fed about how to protect ourselves from COVID.
“It’s been a real deficiency in the messaging about masking to say that it only protects the other,” said Charles Haas, an environmental engineer and expert in risk assessment at Drexel University.
“From the get-go, that never made sense scientifically.”
That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking all along, it seems so obvious. Continue reading
Interest grows in low-dose radiation for Covid-19, but experts are divided – By Juliet Isselbacher – July 2020
Back in 2013, toxicologist Edward Calabrese and a colleague at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, were combing over a cache of century-old data on low-dose radiation therapy, hunting for evidence on the scientific idea that small doses of certain poisons might actually be beneficial.
They found small amounts of radiation were surprisingly successful in combating pneumonia. Again and again, doctors reported symptoms subsided within hours of a single X-ray.
The use of “micro-doses” of radiation as therapy for various aliments has come up before here: The Radioactive Remedy. Continue reading
Does Wearing a Mask Protect Me? Some Evidence Says Yes – The New York Times – By Katherine J. Wu – July 27, 2020
People wearing face coverings will take in fewer coronavirus particles, evidence suggests, making disease less severe.
Researchers have long known that masks can prevent people from spreading airway germs to others — findings that have driven much of the conversation around these crucial accessories during the coronavirus pandemic.
But now, as cases continue to rise across the country, experts are pointing to an array of evidence suggesting that masks also protect the people wearing them, lessening the severity of symptoms, or in some instances, staving off infection entirely. Continue reading
The Coronavirus Tech Handbook is a crowdsourced library of tools, services, and resources relating to COVID-19 response. It is a rapidly evolving resource with thousands of expert contributors.
This is an amazing project, gathering together ideas from all kinds of people with all kinds of expertise to collaborate on all kinds of projects that affect every single one of us on this planet. It displays the best of humanity’s capabilities, not only with scientifically cutting edge efforts and technical know-how but also fueled by a moral imperative.
Without any “official” organization or mandate (and probably precisely because no officials were involved), a few people with the necessary technical skills started this globally editable website/document/handbook that allows everyone to contribute, whether expert or layperson.
They have been collecting ideas, tools, and other resources from around the world in a single location, accessible from anywhere on the planet with an internet connection. Continue reading
239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne – The New York Times – By Apoorva Mandavilli – July 4, 2020
These experts are only saying what I and certainly many others have been thinking since the start of this plague. Many other types of infectious agents are spread through the air.
The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide, in bars and restaurants, offices, markets and casinos, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection that increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The virus lingers in the air indoors, infecting those nearby.
If airborne transmission is a significant factor in the pandemic, especially in crowded spaces with poor ventilation, the consequences for containment will be significant. Continue reading
Packed Bars Serve Up New Rounds Of COVID Contagion | Kaiser Health News – By Jordan Rau and Elizabeth Lawrence June 25, 2020
As states ease their lockdowns, bars are emerging as fertile breeding grounds for the coronavirus.
Public health authorities have identified bars as the locus of outbreaks in Louisiana, Florida, Wyoming and Idaho.
Bars are tailor-made for the spread of the virus, with loud music and a cacophony of conversations that require raised voices. The alcohol can impede judgment about diligently following rules meant to prevent contagion. Continue reading