Tagged as covid-19

The Neanderthals may have died out a long time ago, but tiny amounts of their DNA persist in most modern humans. According to -Discover Magazine-, many of us have a fraction of 1%, if any, Neanderthal DNA buried deep in our genetic code, though in some portion of the population, that figure could be well over 2%. This has been a fun party-fact to this point—something entertaining but not really meaningful—but...
October 26, 2020
Allergies can make breathing difficult, so it’s safe to assume they might make upper respiratory infections even more severe. But if that's the case then why is it that -allergy sufferers- appear even -less- likely to experience extreme COVID-19 symptoms? The answer could be as simple as it is surprising. Effects of Allergies on the Body - Allergies are the result of mistakes the immune system makes,...
October 26, 2020
Influenza season is on its way, and confusion over the differences between the flu and COVID-19 has some people feeling uneasy. While neither illness is fully predictable, a few key differences in their presentations might help tell them apart in case you find yourself trying to figure out what you've got. Check out these symptom timelines to help distinguish between the two. Timeline of the Flu -...
October 20, 2020
What started out as a few isolated events has now made its way into all but eight US states. According to the CDC, as of August 20, 2020, 964 children have suffered bizarre multisystem inflammatory responses after recovering from COVID-19. Eleven of them have died. This condition may be rare, but its effects can be severe. Here’s what parents and guardians need to know. MIS-C in Post-Covid Kids is...
October 20, 2020
COVID-19 has ravaged communities and left a death count like nothing we’ve ever witnessed. We live in interesting times, indeed. Even among those whom the virus hasn’t directly touched in terms of illness, the economic impact and struggles of living through this period of time have been widespread leaving no one completely untouched. And repercussions are still being sorted out even as the case count...
October 19, 2020
The risks of developing COVID-19 appear to vary by the person, but it seems that blood type may play some role. Researchers are still trying to pin down why exactly such a disproportionate number of people with type-O blood are testing negative for the deadly virus after exposure, but they do have a couple of ideas. We have the details. Blood Type and Coronavirus - In June of 2020, Chinese researchers...
October 12, 2020
Based on infection and mortality numbers, many people are (rightfully) concerned about contracting COVID-19 and living through the experience. But a growing number of survivors are proving there -may be more to worry about- than just survival as they are now facing long-term challenges. A condition called post-viral syndrome has many health professionals concerned. Here's what that looks like. What...
October 7, 2020
The CDC recently modified its COVID-19 testing recommendations, guiding people to get screened -after possible exposure- regardless of whether they have any symptoms of the virus. And now the president and first lady have tested positive with likely many more in their circle to follow. So are the tests accurate enough to trust? - Viral Tests - The CDC- lists two types of tests people might take if...
October 2, 2020
Silent hypoxia is an unusual manifestation of hypoxia, low oxygen saturation throughout the body, and it's been revealed as a symptom of COVID-19. Silent hypoxia happens when, for reasons still under examination, the normal cues that tell the body its oxygen levels are low don’t register. This can lead to people having dangerously low oxygen levels and no idea anything is wrong, which can turn deadly...
October 2, 2020
COVID-19 symptoms- are all over the map, with manifestations that can range from disruptive to downright deadly. The lost sense of smell some sufferers are experiencing is particularly bizarre but it's proven to be so common—with up to two-thirds of COVID-19 sufferers losing their sense of smell to some degree—that physicians frequently use it as a screening symptom for possible testing. Until recently,...
September 30, 2020