[News] Coronavirus

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The ones I found are focused on people who were hospitalized and had 12+ weeks of fighting COVID.

I know someone who is likely going through that, whose own doctor encouraged against the vaccine. They've been infected several times and developed heart and cognitive symptoms. I want to cry.

Any doctor who advised patients against receiving a covid vaccination (barring legitimate allergies or edge cases of existing conditions that led to patient safety concerns) should have their license revoked.

You'd strip the South of 2/3 of its medical professionals...

Robear wrote:

You'd strip the South of 2/3 of its medical "professionals"...

Sarcastic quotes seemed necessary.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Robear wrote:

You'd strip the South of 2/3 of its “medical” "professionals"...

Sarcastic quotes seemed necessary.

Indeed.

'Extremely annoying': The persistent cough taking over the Bay Area

I turned to Dr. Jahan Fahimi, the medical director of the emergency department at UC San Francisco, to see if he knew anything about the stubborn symptom and how prevalent it had become.

“I don’t have any specific data on whether or not this is rising,” he said over the phone. “But I will tell you that anecdotally, a lot of people have been asking me the exact same question.”

In most people, including me, the culprit was a postinfectious cough — essentially one that lasts longer than two or three weeks after an acute upper respiratory infection. When your body is done fighting off the illness, you’re left with lingering mucus and sinus congestion that manifest in the form of postnasal drip or inflammation, which irritate the throat and airways enough to generate a cough that just won’t stop, he said.

“We know that this occurs in, I would say, roughly one in every four colds that people catch,” he said. “And you can certainly expect it to last around three to six weeks … That’s what people are experiencing, and they think something is really wrong, but it’s just that mucus and inflammation.”

Fahimi doesn’t think this phenomenon is necessarily new, but there are a few factors at play that may make it seem unusual. For one, our immunity against viruses has likely changed since the pandemic caused us to isolate from each other and the usual cold viruses we carry.

I've been having this for the past 15 years. After every cold I have a lingering cough that lasts two months. Sometimes I catch another cold before the lingering cough is done. I have always attributed it to my weight though.

Yeah that’s not new…both my daughter and I have this same exact problem. Anytime we catch a cold all the symptoms go away except the nagging cough which sticks around for months.

Happens to me as well. Usually lasts 2 months.

Fluticasone inhalers were the only thing that helped end my son's weeks long coughing sprees.

Nasal lavage (with salt water, distilled water ONLY) can help shut this down. There are kits sold at drug stores.

I was sick three weeks ago; I took three separate COVID tests, all negative. It was gone in a week; I normally have a cold for a couple weeks minimum, so was surprised at how fast this one went away. Still, masked up around the house because the wife was going to Paris and Amsterdam, and didn't want to give her the cold. So, of course, in Paris, she tested positive for COVID. It was an incredibly mild case and she isolated as best she could while double-masking, and she was clear before coming home. Earlier this week, she dumped the trash from the bathroom and, out of curiosity, picked up a COVID test out of the trash, peered closely . . . and there was the faintest of pink lines. So, so, faint.

In all likelihood, I had COVID again a few weeks back, and the viral load was so minimal you had to stare incredibly hard to see the positive result.

i am not saying your wrong, but i don't think tests more then 30 minutes old are considered accurate. weeks is even less accurate. could have been anything bringing that line out. my guess she caught it on the plane.

Oh, I'm aware it's not reliable, but one of the reasons I think it may have been COVID as opposed to just some respiratory thing is how bizarrely quickly it came and went. Every standard cold I get lingers, and this one hit me like a truck and then vanished. I mean, I isolated, masked around my wife, and didn't go anywhere so it's really academic, but symptom-wise and in terms of how long it lasted it really matched her experience getting it, and that of several other people I know who have gotten it lately.

It's really just more amusing anecdote than anything else; I have no idea if I actually had it, but, well, just assuming so for the hell of it.

And your wife could have easily gotten it on the plane or in the airport...
Don't beat yourself up.
I totally understand though. My biggest fear is infecting someone else and having them get severe sickness or die

That would certainly explain why folks still want to vote for Trump.

It could have been RSV, I guess. I had one like that about a year ago, and it was running around the service industries in the Mid-Atlantic for at least a month.

That link does not actually lead to the article for some reason, Paleocon. Just another list of Reddit article posts.