COVID and Teeth

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A study by researchers at McGill University links bacterial infections in the mouth with an increased risk of dying from COVID-19.

Periodontitis is a relatively common bacterial infection that occurs along the line separating teeth and gums. However, it’s hardly benign. Within the area of the mouth, the disease can damage gums, cause teeth decay, and even erode the jaw bone. This infection has been known to spread to other parts of the body and is linked to heart disease and diabetes.

The analysis by the McGill team shows that people with periodontitis are 8 times as likely to die from COVID-19, and 3.5 times as likely as others to require hospitalization.

The analysis relies on health data from QATAR, which contains electronic data for both dental and medical care.

What we don’t know from this analysis is the relationship between…

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Recipe : Pan Fried Okra

yum yum

Ruelha

I had a hankering to eat something fried and crispy. I have been refraining from meat and I had a whole lot of okra in my pantry. I also did not want to invest much time into cooking. Yes, one of those lethargic days where you feel like opening an instant noodle packet but decide it’s okay to invest few more minutes into something else instead and pat yourself on the back until you realize you’ve still eaten way too much and are bloated.

Ingredients: feeds 6 as a snack

  • 500gms Okra
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 finely chopped green chilies
  • chaat masala powder to taste, optional
  • a pinch of baking soda

Instructions:

Wash and clean the bhindi well.

Chop into manageable cubes that will fry equally fast and won’t crowd the pan.

Gather your flours and spices…

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List of place names of Native American origin in the United States – Wikipedia

Native American influence in USA – not counting that Constitution drawn from Native American sources – What evidence exists that the delegates studied Native governments? Descriptions of them appear in the three-volume handbook John Adams wrote for the convention surveying different types of governments and ideas about government. It included European philosophers like John Locke and Montesquieu, whom U.S. history textbooks have long identified as constitutional influences; but it also included the Iroquois Confederacy and other Indigenous governments, which many of the delegates knew through personal experience. https://www.history.com/news/iroquois-confederacy-influence-us-constitution Source: List of place names of Native American origin in the United States – Wikipedia

Humanity needs nature to prevent ‘chaotic’ climate change: 3 stories you may have missed

1. Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is the Earth itself 

2. Four in ten Americans breathe polluted air, with people of color hit hardest 

3. Changes in India’s monsoon rainfall could bring serious consequences to more than a billion people

 

Source: Humanity needs nature to prevent ‘chaotic’ climate change: 3 stories you may have missed

Parks Department Investigating After Thousands Packed Tompkins Square Park For Permitted Hardcore Concert – Gothamist (Me: Stupidemic still reigns amongst concert organizers and attendees in NYC)

Image As you can see in videos below, several of the state’s COVID safety guidelines were not followed during the show. There was no social distancing happening during a show that featured tons on moshing, and no distance between the performers and the audience. There also clearly were a lot of people not wearing masks. And according to state guidelines, the max amount of people who can be attendance at outdoor events right now is capped at 500 people.

Source: Parks Department Investigating After Thousands Packed Tompkins Square Park For Permitted Hardcore Concert – Gothamist

RIP – Brampton, Ont., teen among youngest Canadians to die with COVID-19 | CBC News

Emily Victoria Viegas, 13, died on April 22, according to an online fundraiser launched in her memory that’s raised more than $80,000 for her grieving family.

Family friend Adrian Goddard, who organized the fundraiser, told CBC News that Viegas had contracted COVID-19 as well as pneumonia. Her mother is currently in intensive care with COVID-19, Goddard said, while her younger brother is also infected and in isolation, but doing OK.

Source: Brampton, Ont., teen among youngest Canadians to die with COVID-19 | CBC News

RIP – Indian journalist and Guardian news assistant Kakoli Bhattacharya dies from Covid-19 | India | The Guardian

Indian journalist Kakoli Bhattacharya. Kakoli Bhattacharya, an Indian journalist who was a researcher, translator, news assistant and friend to Guardian correspondents for more than a decade, has died from Covid-19 in Delhi.

She died on 23 April after being admitted to hospital earlier in the week during a catastrophic second wave of the virus in India that has claimed tens of thousands of lives since it took off in March.

Bhattacharya, 51, worked with every Guardian correspondent in south Asia since 2009. Her daily contributions to Guardian journalism ranged from obtaining the phone numbers of sources with remarkable speed, translating one of the several languages she spoke fluently, accompanying correspondents in the field, and beyond.

Source: Indian journalist and Guardian news assistant Kakoli Bhattacharya dies from Covid-19 | India | The Guardian

California council member compares her refusal to wear mask to Rosa Parks’s civil rights fight | TheHill

“Not being treated as a human being or [being treated as] a second-class citizen is totally different from a universal measure to protect lives,” Jackson said.

Tisa Rodriguez, chairwoman of the Riverside County Democratic Party, said it was “unconscionable” that an elected member of the city council would “malign their memories in such a self-serving way.”

Source: California council member compares her refusal to wear mask to Rosa Parks’s civil rights fight | TheHill