Post-surgery risks after COVID-19 infection may linger many months –

It may be wise to wait for non-urgent surgery following COVID-19 infection because the odds of significant postoperative heart problems will diminish over time.

That’s the gist of a study that found this trend of decreasing cardiovascular risk persists longer than previously known — for as long as 13 months after a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Source: Post-surgery risks after COVID-19 infection may linger many months –

SARS-CoV-2 infection and persistence in the human body and brain at autopsy | Nature

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is known to cause multi-organ dysfunction1–3 during acute infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), with some patients experiencing prolonged symptoms, termed post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (refs. 4,5). However, the burden of infection outside the respiratory tract and time to viral clearance are not well characterized, particularly in the brain3,6–14. Here we carried out complete autopsies on 44 patients who died with COVID-19, with extensive sampling of the central nervous system in 11 of these patients, to map and quantify the distribution, replication and cell-type specificity of SARS-CoV-2 across the human body, including the brain, from acute infection to more than seven months following symptom onset. We show that SARS-CoV-2 is widely distributed, predominantly among patients who died with severe COVID-19, and that virus replication is present in multiple respiratory and non-respiratory tissues, including the brain, early in infection. Further, we detected persistent SARS-CoV-2 RNA in multiple anatomic sites, including throughout the brain, as late as 230 days following symptom onset in one case. Despite extensive distribution of SARS-CoV-2 RNA throughout the body, we observed little evidence of inflammation or direct viral cytopathology outside the respiratory tract. Our data indicate that in some patients SARS-CoV-2 can cause systemic infection and persist in the body for months. A study reports the distribution, replication and persistence of SARS-CoV-2 throughout the human body including in the brain at autopsy from acute infection to more than seven months following symptom onset.
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The Ageless Will

The Twisting Tail

There’s a thread that binds all of us together; pull one end of the thread, the strain is felt all down the line.

Rosamond Marshall

Here I am
Drawing lines
Then, through them
I cross lines

The heavy
Weightlessness of care
You’re not there
And that
Is more than I can bare

When a loved one
walks out the door
Demand closure
You’re paying
the power bill alone now

On this Day in 1969:  "Leaving on a Jet Plane" single sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by John Denver hits #1 on US Billboard's Hot Top 100.

A threat is a kind of promise

I’ve waited long enough
Take out
These pins and needles

The secret
To staying young
Is lying about your age

80% of children lie about their age on social media
44% of older workers lie about their age on job applications

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Ten Years …

Filosofa's Word

I’ve seen lots of tributes today to those 20 children and 6 teachers who were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School ten years ago.  Some of the tributes were touching, brought tears, but the only real tribute that would have meaning would be serious and massive gun regulation.  Those who don’t support strict gun control measures don’t need to bother to send “thoughts and prayers” to the families who still mourn the loss of their loved ones, for those “thoughts and prayers” are meaningless and their true intentions, to ensure that there will be more lives cut short, are all too clear.  Harsh?  Damn straight it is … I’m angry … we should all be angry.  We may not be able to cure the mental illness that drives people to commit such heinous crimes against humanity, but we CAN and SHOULD eliminate the tools that enable them to…

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Coupe du Monde : France – Allez les Bleus !! — VOYAGE ONIRIQUE

Allez les Bleus !! Faites nous vibrer et rêver ! ⚽🏆 Match Coupe du Monde – Demi-Finale  : France – Maroc. Diffusé Mercredi 14 décembre à 19h50 (heure française) sur TF1 et beIN Sport On rêve d’une Finale « France – Argentine » Allez la France ! 10 more words

Coupe du Monde : France – Allez les Bleus !! — VOYAGE ONIRIQUE

Take the Leap, Be your own Hero

From Behind the Pen

Image Credit: Sammie Chaffin

It’s time for the great escape. If you have any hesitation, doubts, or fear about changing your outlook on life, or reimagining yourself as you shape your world, which shapes the world around you, stop imprisoning yourself now. I just want you to take the next couple of minutes to see some of the decisions people made in this video, and how change can domino into something magical, marvelous, and magnificent.

We have to decide for ourselves if we truly want to find a way or make a way to stop our self-imprisonment and remove whatever emotional shackles and handcuffs that keep us confined to a maze of never-ending dead ends. There are too many people who are incarcerated but are not locked up in jail behind prison bars. (#SelfImprisonment) So, decide if you want to take that bold leap of faith. Plan your work, and…

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not a next time

Idiomas RalFer

destruction cannot be

the routine

a bloody war

again to repeat


are what we live for

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next – Manic Street Preachers

The future teaches you to be alone
The present to be afraid and cold
“So if I can shoot rabbits then I can shoot fascists”

Bullets for your brain today
But we’ll forget it all again
Monuments put from pen to paper
Turns me into a gutless wonder

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

Gravity keeps my head down
Or is it maybe shame
At being so young and being so vain

Holes in your head today
But I’m a pacifist
I’ve walked La Ramblas but not with real intent

And if…

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Florida: DeSantis Wages War on COVID Vaccines

Diane Ravitch's blog

Governor Ron DeSantis took the unusual step of convening a grand jury to investigate COVID vaccines. His opposition to the vaccines has been a hallmark of his administration. He wants to be the leading anti-vaxxer in the nation. He even found a public health official to serve as his Surgeon General who also opposes the vaccines. DeSantis relies on “experts” who oppose the vaccines, such as those who signed the so-called Great Barrington Resolution.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that he plans to petition the state’s Supreme Court to convene a grand jury to investigate “any and all wrongdoing” with respect to the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Republican governor, who is often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2024, gave no specifics on what wrongdoing the panel would investigate, but suggested it would be in part aimed to jog loose more information from pharmaceutical companies about the vaccines and…

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