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August 14, 2020

BehindTheMedspeak: COVID-19 is the disease that keeps on giving


Consider, if you will, the following:

This paper, published on August 3, titled "Cerebral Micro-Structural Changes in COVID-19 Patients — An MRI-based 3-month Follow-up Study," found neurological symptoms in 55% of otherwise recovered COVID-19 patients.

This paper, published on July 27, titled "Outcomes of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients Recently Recovered from COVID-19," found cardiac involvement in 78 patients (78%) and ongoing myocardial inflammation in 60 patients (60%).

This paper, published on July 9, titled "Persistent Symptoms in Patients After Acute COVID-19," found that 87% of patients discharged from hospitals reported persistence of of at least one symptom, most often fatigue and shortness of breath.

All my reading on COVID-19 — trust me, it's a lot — has led me to the conclusion that not only is it extremely contagious, but also that more likely than not, should I become sick with it — being, at the age of 72, a happy resident of Geriatric Park — I stand a fair chance of becoming quite sick, with a downturn in the quality of the rest of my life, assuming, of course, that I even survive the infection.

I know no one who's as strict as I am.

Since March 15, I have been to the following indoor places, masked and eye-protected (groceries since then have been curbside pickup: I haven't entered a big grocery store):

• Specialty grocery store x 2

• Oral surgeon for tooth extractions (1 visit) and 1 week follow-up (2nd visit)

That's it.

No one other than Gray Cat or myself has been in my house since March 15.

Nor do we anticipate any visitors.

One more thing: Gray Cat fans will be delighted to learn that two days after multiple tooth extractions under general anesthesia, she's fully recovered and perky as can be, enjoying a soft diet for the next week.


I took the pix above yesterday morning; surgery was Tuesday morning.

August 14, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


Nice N-95's. Only way to run. No mask better. I have 20. I wash mine in Woolite from time to time. Gotta maintain.

Posted by: friskypainter | Aug 16, 2020 11:30:18 PM

Glad Graycat is feeling better and that her caretaker remains healthy.

Posted by: Pamela Barnes | Aug 14, 2020 6:06:49 PM

Worth noting is that this is the case for _patients_, a group that the vast majority of infected people will not be a part of.

Then again, I'm from Sweden, so I have to be relaxed about the whole ordeal, or I will turn into a nervous wreck.

As a matter of fact I believe I came down with the virus around the end of May, as both my boyfriend and I both lost our olfactory senses, after a few days of feeling a bit off. It blew over in less than a week, no lasting damage (that I know of, that is).

Posted by: Pippi | Aug 14, 2020 4:47:25 PM

Where can one look for info about how this compares to the flu?

Posted by: AG | Aug 14, 2020 12:45:38 PM

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