Covid-19 Survivors’ Lungs Likely to Recover over Time, study says

Among concern regarding Covid-19 were multi-organ inflammation, damage, and failure. For example, many as 35% of those testing positive for Covid-19 showed heart inflammation.

However, there is some good news regarding Covid-19 recovery: a new study from University Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria showed that a vast majority of hospitalized Covid-19 patients showed lung damage 6 weeks after discharge, but this proportion dropped significantly after 12 weeks, indicating that the lungs are able to self-repair.

The 86-patient analysis showed that 6 weeks after discharge, approximately 47% of patients struggled with shortness of breath, with 15% struggling with coughing.  However, by 12 weeks, only 39% of patients still experienced shortness of breath, while 15% continued to cough.

12-weeks were chosen due to the newness of the Covid-19, and the lack of data on how long the diseased lungs would react to other infections. Research is ongoing, with data expected at 24-weeks.

The relationship between Covid-19 and the heart was not covered by this research.

While the research was limited by the small patient cohort (only 86 patient pool), and while it is still unclear as to what happens with residual lung lesions, Judith Loffler-Ragg, MD from University Clinic in Innsbruck stated, “… there is resolution of so-called damage.”

It is one silver lining in the cloud storm of the year that has been so very difficult for so many people.

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A Cup of Poem~~ 하루/김호천

 

하루

청곡 김호천

정담을 주고받을 친구도

낯익은 사람도 없는

공원 벤치에

노인은 무엇을 생각하는지

하늘을 보다가 구름을 보다가

나무에 눈길을 주다

돌부처처럼 앉아 있다가

무릎을 세워 공원을 돈다.

한 바퀴 더 돈다. 또 돈다

숨이 차고 갈수록 횟수가 깎인다.

노을 뜨고 산 그늘 다가오면

집으로 돌아간다.

길가에 핀 붉은 접시꽃에 다가가

꽃씨를 받는다.

2020. 7.10

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As COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise, West Coast Burns

There were confirmed new cases of 36,500 Covid-19 cases on September 10, 2020, bringing the total confirmed case to 6,471,218 in the US. Of course, only about 2,764,361 cases are active currently. But many living on the Pacific west coast are dealing with another problem making breathing difficult.

There are currently more than 13 states being impacted by wildfires, not just California. From Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California to Texas, almost half of the US is currently battling wildfires.

In many of these states, citizens are struggling between choosing to open the window to breathe in smoke, or to stay stuffed up inside their homes due to Covid-19 pandemic and the risk of going elsewhere.

For example, the Governor of Oregon has declared a state of emergency for the wildfires, as well as extending the state of emergency for COVID-19 for another 60 days until November 3, 2020.

The current state of affairs have forced evacuations for many, as well as putting much strain on the states’ fire-fighting resources. The heat wave has eased a bit for California, and the shift in wind has finally allowed the Utilities to turn the electricity back on.

Nonetheless, the effects of the wind storms continue to have lasting effect in the region. More than half a million acres of forests and grassland have burned in California on Wednesday alone.

A blaze in Butte County has killed at least 3 people.

Air quality throughout San Francisco Bay area have reached unhealthy levels, with thick smoke blanketing much of the Pacific west and Northwest. What is very concerning is that the wildfires have not reached their worst of the season, as wildfires become most dangerous when the dry winds pick up in the fall months.

Unfortunately for the West Coast, there is a ridge of high pressure that has pinned the smoke in place, which means that it will be a while before California, Oregon, and Washington gets any relief from the heavy smoke and soot.

As the climate of the American West continues to show extremes unseen in previous eras, many are worried for their safety, as well as feeling the pressures of anxiety, stress, and fear.

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A GWU professor resigns after confessing to masquerading as a Black woman

Jessica Krug, an assistant professor from George Washington University (GWU) is a white Jewish woman from Kansas city, but she has pretended to be a black woman born in the Caribbean and pretended to have grown up in Bronx in her all entire career, until last Thursday, when she revealed the truth on her own blog.

Krug taught African history and African studies in GWU. On Wednesday afternoon, GWU announced Krug’s resignation and explained that upcoming classes will be taught by other faculty members.

She is the second person after Rachel Dolezal to have pretended to be black. It is truly a difficult situation for those who are in the academic and public policy fields, as it tarnishes the reputation of organizations that unknowingly hire and promote these individuals, such as GWU and the NAACP.

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As California struggles with wildfire, baby gender party blamed for another devastating wildfire

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A wildfire consumed approximately 7,300 acres of land east of Los Angeles over the weekend, and the officials are attributing it to a baby gender party disaster and a faulty “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device.”

The device lit a 4-foot-tall grass at El Dorado Ranch Park on Saturday morning, and initial attempts to douse the flames with water bottles were failures. By Monday, only 7% of the wildfire was considered contained. Evacuations were ordered in parts of Yucaipa, city with 54,000 population.

Criminal charges are being considered but not until the fire is extinguished. Reimbursement for fighting the fire is also being considered. With the social media, these gender reveal parties have taken a life of their now, going big and spectacular.

Of course, California is not the only state dealing with the gender reveal catastrophes; In April 2017, there was a gender reveal party which resulted in a fire in the Colorado National Forest, destroying 45,000 acres, $8 million in damage and 800 firefighters to battle the fire.

The individual involved pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the US Forest Service regulations and agreed to pay more than $8.1 million in restitution.

It is unclear how much the people involved in the California fire will have to pay this time around, but it is clear that these gender reveal parties are becoming dangerous.

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A Cup of poem~~ 2020 처서/김병규

더위가 그친다는 처서

귀뚜라미

밤에 매달려

두툼하게 울고 있다

울음소리 알맹이

속을 들여다보면

철철 끓어 버린 코로나와

넘실넘실 강줄기 범람하는

행간이 빼곡하다

밤늦도록 상처를

꿰매는 껍질의 시간

익어가는 것들에서

소리가 들린다

귀뚜라미가

구구절절 읽는다

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33% of Big Ten athletes with Covid-19 has heart inflammation

Big Ten conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States with athletes in just about every athletic field for college students. Unfortunately, up to 35% of the Big Ten athletes (not isolated to football players) who had Covid-19 are showing signs of inflammation of the heart muscle called myocarditis.

It is unclear how myocarditis could affect the long term health of the athletes.

The Big Ten conference has been pressured to play, with some athletes, coaches, and even Pres. Trump urging the team to play. However, the kind of effect the myocarditis has on the athletes are worrying; the athletes who performed at their peak one week are found to be struggling like a normal individual, due to this heart inflammation.

If there is an overload of impact on the heart, the person could suffer many complications, including death.

If there is an overload of impact on the heart, the person could suffer many complications, including death.

As schools and colleges begin to return their students home, Big Ten has a real problem on their hands, and it is always important to remember that before they are athletes, they are students, and young people, some just recently turned 18. It is a cruel fate to bestow, and one that these student athletes may have to take with them for the rest of their lives.

Big Ten should take this into account in determining whether the conference plays this season.

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Sleep Experts Band Together Against Daylight Savings Time

Every March and November, Americans turn their clocks backwards and forwards to deal with daylight saving time, which was widely instituted in 1966 with a claim that it would benefit society by extending sunlight hours and saving energy costs.

Last week, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine presented an argument that seasonal time changes had shown abundance of evidence of harm, including significant public health and safety risks, such as increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, mood disorders, and motor vehicle accidents.

In March when Americans lost an hour of sleep, the fatal car crashes were much higher. Without DST, more than 600 fatal accidents could have been prevented in a 22-year period. Furthermore, permanent standard time fits closer to circadian sleep-wake cycle, preventing sleep disorders, rather than the Daylight Savings Time, which results in darker mornings and lighter evenings, disrupting our natural sleep cycle for sleep.

The AASM stated that while this may not be true for every single person, as a general policy, keeping to a standard time cycle would be the healthiest solution.

In May 2019, the EU abolished the DST. In March 2020, 32 states proposed to make DST permanent and eliminate the clock change and preserving the hour of sleep needed in the spring. It is currently pending Congress’ approval.

Many people’s hope for extra hour of sleep lies on this legislation.

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BTS Hits Billboard 100 with a Dynamite #1

After landing with Billboard #4 with the last single “On,” in March, K-Pop boy band BTS debuted with an all-English single, “Dynamite” at the top of the Billboard’s Hot 100.

BTS is the first K-Pop group to lead the Hot 100. Released on August 21, 2020, showed a result of 33.9 million US stream, 300,000 sold, and drew 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions the week ending August 30.

BTS’ “Dynamite” made the best digital sales since One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” 5 years ago, and marks BigHit entertainment’s first #1 on the Billboard chart. Consultations to BTS!

Of course, much of BTS’ success comes from BTS’ use of technology (mainly YouTube and V Live) to gain followers, interact with them, and establish themselves as serious brands. Many analysts tout that the globalization of Broadband access has made not only information flow throughout the world, but also allow easier means for fans to gain access to their favorite bands’ music and show clips.

 

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