Long Covid: Hidden lung damage spotted on scans (BBC)

BBC: Long Covid: Hidden lung damage spotted on scans. “Some people with long Covid may have hidden damage to their lungs, a small pilot study in the UK suggests. Scientists used a novel xenon gas scan method to pick up lung abnormalities not identified by routine scans. They focused on 11 people who had not required hospital care when they first caught Covid but experienced long-lasting breathlessness after their initial infection.”

Yale School of Medicine: In search of answers about long COVID-19, scientists turn to social media

Yale School of Medicine: In search of answers about long COVID-19, scientists turn to social media. “At least 10% of COVID-19 survivors experience long-term consequences, a condition known as long COVID-19. The symptoms—including fatigue, insomnia, and brain fog—can be debilitating, preventing these individuals from returning to work or in some extreme cases even getting out of bed. As they struggle to find relief, many have turned to social media for support and answers. Survivor Corps, for example, is a Facebook group for COVID-19 survivors that has nearly 170,000 members. And now, scientists are turning to this type of group to connect directly with patients and organize new research.”

Bloomberg: Deaths Months After Covid Point to Pandemic’s Grim Aftermath

Bloomberg: Deaths Months After Covid Point to Pandemic’s Grim Aftermath. “Hospitalized patients who survived at least a week after being discharged were more than twice as likely to die or be admitted again within months, scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Oxford found. The Covid survivors also had an almost five times greater risk of dying in the following 10 months than a sample taken from the general population.”

New York Times: New Research Hints at 4 Factors That May Increase Chances of Long Covid

New York Times: New Research Hints at 4 Factors That May Increase Chances of Long Covid. “It is one of many mysteries about long Covid: Who is more prone to developing it? Are some people more likely than others to experience physical, neurological or cognitive symptoms than can emerge, or linger for, months after their coronavirus infections have cleared? Now, a team of researchers who followed more than 200 patients for two to three months after their Covid diagnoses report that they have identified biological factors that might help predict if a person will develop long Covid.”

UPI: Patients with brain fog after COVID-19 have abnormalities in cerebrospinal fluid

UPI: Patients with brain fog after COVID-19 have abnormalities in cerebrospinal fluid. “Brain fog. It has become an inexplicable side effect of COVID-19 infection, but researchers now report they have discovered a possible reason why it happens. In a small study, investigators found abnormalities in the cerebrospinal fluid of some COVID-19 patients who developed thinking problems.”

Post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19: an unequal burden (Nature)

Nature: Post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19: an unequal burden. “Our world has witnessed over 275 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 5 million related deaths1. Marginalized communities everywhere continue to be disproportionately affected as the pandemic amplifies longstanding health and healthcare disparities. As an example, in the United States, members of the Black, Indigenous and Latino communities remain two to three times more likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and to die from this disease2. Dismantling structural racism is necessary to improve neurological health, as greater attention is focused on understanding and addressing the post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19, or the neurological manifestations of what is sometimes called long COVID.”

The Guardian: My wife had long Covid and killed herself. We must help others who are suffering

The Guardian: My wife had long Covid and killed herself. We must help others who are suffering. “Watching long Covid systematically take her apart, organ system by organ system, was the most terrifying deterioration of a human being I have ever witnessed. My wife was an avid 90-minute-a-day walker, ate only organic (and mostly vegan) food, and hadn’t had an alcoholic drink in three and half years. Within six weeks of noticing ‘Covid toes’ and some gastrointestinal issues she could barely walk from excruciating nerve pain in her feet so extreme as to mimic advanced diabetic neuropathy.”

Mother Jones: Desperate Patients Are Shelling Out Thousands for a Long Covid Cure. Is It for Real?

Mother Jones: Desperate Patients Are Shelling Out Thousands for a Long Covid Cure. Is It for Real?. “When Owen came down with Covid-19 in April 2021, he felt lucky to get away with a mild case. After a few days of a runny nose, he returned to his regular routine, including long sessions at the gym. But three weeks later, Owen, who was 25 at the time and working as an art director in Manhattan, began to have trouble breathing. It got so bad one day that he collapsed in his kitchen. Later, at the emergency room, doctors searched for a cause but could find none, so they sent him home. That was only the beginning of Owen’s ordeal.”

Nexstar Media Wire: ‘Long COVID’ sufferers may have heart damage if battling shortness of breath a year later

Nexstar Media Wire: ‘Long COVID’ sufferers may have heart damage if battling shortness of breath a year later. “People with ‘long COVID’ ​may have suffered heart damage if they are still struggling to breathe during exercise a year on, researchers warn. Medical scans show patients who experience breathlessness a year after leaving hospital are more likely to experience cardiovascular problems, even if they never have before.”

Newswise: COVID-19 Can Trigger Self-Attacking Antibodies

Newswise: COVID-19 Can Trigger Self-Attacking Antibodies. “Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can trigger an immune response that lasts well beyond the initial infection and recovery—even among people who had mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, according to Cedars-Sinai investigators. The findings are published in the Journal of Translational Medicine.”

COVID Kidney Damage: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Infects the Kidneys and Contributes to Tissue Scarring (SciTechDaily)

SciTechDaily: COVID Kidney Damage: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Infects the Kidneys and Contributes to Tissue Scarring. “The fact that the Coronavirus can result in severe damage in the human body is known, and also that kidneys can get infected. But what exactly happens in the kidney as a result of the infection, remains elusive until now. In this study, published in Cell Stem Cell, researchers investigated the kidney tissue of COVID-19 patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. They found scarring of the tissue as compared to Intensive Care patients with a non-COVID-19 lung infection and a control group.”

NBC Washington: Long COVID Patients Are ‘Terrified’ of Omicron

NBC Washington: Long COVID Patients Are ‘Terrified’ of Omicron. “Emerging research about omicron has so far been cautiously reassuring: Despite its ability to spread at a dizzying pace, the illness it causes appears to be milder overall, at least among the vaccinated and those who have received the booster shot. Such encouraging data, however, are meaningless to people with long Covid-19: those who have suffered from its symptoms for months to more than a year following their initial infection.”