Courtesy of Reuters

Nine in ten coronavirus patients reported experiencing side-effects such as fatigue, psychological after-effects and loss of smell and taste after they recovered from the disease, according to a preliminary study by South Korea.

The research comes as the global death toll from COVID-19 passed 1 million on Tuesday, a grim milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.

In an online survey of 965 recovered COVID-19 patients, 879 people or 91.1% responded they were suffering at least one side-effect from the disease, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) official Kwon Jun-wook told a briefing.

Fatigue was the most common side-effect with 26.2% reading, followed by difficulty in concentration which had 24.6%, Kwon said.

Other after-effects included psychological or mental side-effects and loss of taste or smell.

As bad as this is it does not even address the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome suffered mostly by children after they recover from the Coronavirus, which can affect the organs and even lead to death. 

The takeaway is that even those who suffer relatively mild cases of the Coronavirus may find themselves with challenging health concerns that may linger on well after they have “recovered.” 

Dr. Fauci also anticipates that infections in this country will continue to spiral out of control. 

Courtesy of CNBC:

The United States is “not in a good place” as colder months loom and the number of newly reported coronavirus cases continues to swell beyond 40,000 people every day, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday.

Covid-19 cases were growing by 5% or more, based on a weekly average to smooth out daily reporting, in 26 states as of Sunday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming reached record-high averages.

Cases grew by nearly 9% nationwide compared with a week ago, moving just above 44,300 new cases on average as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said for weeks that the U.S. is reporting an “unacceptably high” number of new coronavirus cases every day. The country should aim for daily new cases below 10,000, not around 40,000 as it currently stands, he said.

“There are states that are starting to show an uptick in cases and even some increase in hospitalizations in some states,” Fauci told the ABC program “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Monday.

“And I hope not, but we very might well start seeing increases in deaths,” Fauci said. He added that he’s concerned about being in “a position like that as the weather starts getting cold.”

Really the only thing we can do as citizens is to protect ourselves and our loved ones and hope that we remain uninfected until this whole thing finally blows over, sometime in the next year or so.