A vaccine study in college students will help determine when it’s safe to take masks off – The Washington Post

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My COVID Story: I experienced fatigue and joint pain the second day of vaccination – Times of India

Dr Parag Amin got himself vaccinated at a private hospital and everything was fine that day, however, the next day he experienced fatigue and slight headache and joint pain. He recovered after administering Paracetamol. Here’s his story

Ever since the Government announced that it will undertake vaccination for every citizen, I was waiting for more details to come in terms of how and when it will done and for whom it will be done, etc. With time, more clarity emerged with the government announcing details of who will be vaccinated first, etc. The drive started and so did curiosity of people like me to know “what was it like”. Some of the obvious questions that cropped up in my mind were,”is it painful”, “how long does the pain last”, “would there be any side-effects”, “would it have any long term impact”, “would it take care of all strains of the virus”, “would there be fever post vaccine”, etc. In the meantime, my mother, who is 75 got vaccinated and some of these questions got answered.

Within few days of the government announcing opening up of the vaccine for citizens above 45 years of age, me and my wife decided to book an appointment through the Arogya Setu app. We had consciously decided to go for the ‘paid’ category so that the ‘unpaid’ can be available to deserving people. We booked appointment for me and the appointment was granted for 6th April at Jupitor hospital, Thane. I had accordingly arranged/adjusted my official engagements for 6th and 7th April as most who took the vaccine before me advised so. A surprise was in store for me when I landed at the Jupitor hospital at the appointed hour. The volunteer there did not find my name in his list. I showed him the screen shot of the appointment only to find that the appointment was actually for 6th March and not 6th April. This was apparently some glitch in the Arogya Setu app as we booked my appointment in last week of March. Also, the vaccination was not opened for 45 years and above on 6th March. After pointing this out to the volunteer, he advised me to book an appointment again. Fortunately, I got appointment for the next day afternoon at the Highway Hospital, Thane. This time, I double checked to make sure that the date was indeed 7th April.

I reached the hospital at the given time and was straightaway directed to a waiting room where they issued a token and verified my details. Within next 5 minutes, I was ushered into a room and made to sit in a comfortable chair as the doctor prepared to inject the vaccine. As is the prevailing trend, I called out to the nurse to take a photo of mine while being vaccinated! The entire process got over within 5 minutes after which, I was made to sit in an adjoining room for 30 minutes. There were several others who were sitting there waiting for their 30mts to get over so that they could be free. A volunteer was keeping time and letting go those “whose time was up”!! He also advised everyone to take a paracetamol tablet in case of any body ache, head ache or fever. I walked out of the room after my waiting period was over and exited the hospital with a sense of achievement and pride.

After reaching home, I attended to some official engagements and was absolutely fine till early evening. Towards 7pm, I started feeling a bit fatigued and started having a mild headache as well as feeling feverish. When I checked the temperature, it was 98. Before going to sleep that night, I took a paracetamol tablet as was advised. I couldn’t afford to be down the next day as I had several official commitments.

I woke up the next day (8th April) feeling little under the weather. The mild headache continued and towards afternoon, started feeling feverish again. Also, I started having joint pain and was very uncomfortable throughout the day. That night, I had another paracetamol tablet and slept reassuring myself that the next day, I would be absolutely fine.

Fortunately, my reassurance worked and I woke up on 9th feeling completely fit and fine. Overall, I am happy with the experience as I now have a new story to tell!!

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U.S. hits daily vaccination record as case counts return to summer peaks – CNBC

The U.S. reported 4.6 million vaccine doses administered on Saturday, a single-day record, and another 3.6 million shots given on Sunday. That brings the daily average of doses administered over the past week to 3.1 million.

At the same time, the country is reporting 70,000 new coronavirus infections per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, a level in line with last summer’s surge, when average case counts peaked at 67,000 in late July.

No state is recording more daily infections on a per capita basis than Michigan, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data, with daily case counts and hospitalizations nearing the state’s prior peaks and Covid-19 deaths there on the rise.

U.S. Covid cases

The U.S. has reported 70,000 daily new Covid-19 cases on average over the past week, Hopkins data shows. While far below the country’s winter peak of about 250,000 new cases per day, that figure is in line with case counts reported during the nation’s “second wave” over the summer, which at the time were record highs.

Michigan is seeing nearly 7,400 average daily new cases, nearing the state’s record level of more than 8,300 per day recorded in December. On Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked high schools to temporarily halt in-person learning and asked residents to restrict activities. The governor also requested that schools voluntarily suspend sports games and that residents avoid in-person dining for two weeks in an effort to slow the spread.

The death toll in Michigan is also on the rise. The state is reporting an average of 43 Covid deaths per day over the past week, up from 30 a week earlier.

Average daily case counts have increased by 5% or more from a week ago in 29 states, according to Hopkins data.

U.S. Covid deaths

The U.S. has reported 981 daily Covid-19 deaths on average over the past week, according to Hopkins data.

The latest U.S. trend in coronavirus deaths is being obscured by a bulk data release of about 1,800 deaths from Oklahoma. These deaths are all currently being reported for April 7, 2021, despite having occurred in weeks or months prior. The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced that the state is in the process of transitioning to data reporting guidelines in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements, which is the cause for this increase.

Prior to this reporting anomaly, the daily Covid death toll in the U.S. had been trending downward from the record levels seen in January.

U.S. vaccine shots administered

The country reported a single-day record of 4.6 million vaccine doses administered on Saturday, according to CDC data, and the U.S. has given 3.1 million shots per day on average over the past week.

U.S. share of the population vaccinated

More than a third of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and more than a fifth is fully vaccinated, CDC data show.

Of those 65 and older, 78% have received at least one dose and 61% are fully vaccinated.


States ranked by percentage of population vaccinated: April 12 – Beckers Hospital Review

New Mexico has the highest percentage of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.

The CDC’s data tracker compiles data from healthcare facilities and public health authorities. It updates daily to report the total number of people in each state who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The numbers reported by the CDC may vary from the numbers published on individual states’ public health websites, as there may be reporting lags between the states and the CDC.

As of 6 a.m. EDT April 11, a total of 72,630,892 Americans had been fully vaccinated, or 21.9 percent of the country’s population, according to the CDC’s data.

Below are the states and Washington, D.C., ranked by the percentage of their population that has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC.

  1. New Mexico
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 615,420
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 29.4
  2. South Dakota
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 249,944
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 28.3
  3. Rhode Island
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 297,589
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 28.1
  4. Maine
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 369,973
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 27.5
  5. Connecticut
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 974,687
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 27.3
  6. Alaska
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 198,792
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 27.2
  7. North Dakota
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 203,101
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 26.7
  8. Vermont
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 163,581
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 26.2
  9. New Jersey
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,288,890
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 25.8
  10. Massachusetts
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,738,537
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 25.2
  11. Wisconsin
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,468,571
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 25.2
  12. Minnesota
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,413,734
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 25.1
  13. Iowa
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 783,748
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 24.8
  14. New York
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,833,937
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 24.8
  15. Montana
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 263,816
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 24.7
  16. Hawaii
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 345,487
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 24.4
  17. New Hampshire
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 327,331
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 24.1
  18. West Virginia
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 432,618
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 24.1
  19. Kentucky
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,060,594
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 23.7
  20. Maryland
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,435,290
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 23.7
  21. Nebraska
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 453,956
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 23.5
  22. Oklahoma
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 926,868
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 23.4
  23. Washington
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,785,182
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 23.4
  24. Wyoming
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 131,933
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 22.8
  25. Virginia
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,933,675
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 22.7
  26. Kansas
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 659,259
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 22.6
  27. Michigan
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,248,768
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 22.5
  28. Colorado
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,285,768
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 22.3
  29. Pennsylvania
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,837,612
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 22.2
  30. Oregon
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 923,545
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 21.9
  31. Arizona
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,579,065
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 21.7
  32. Illinois
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,747,814
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 21.7
  33. Ohio
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,526,025
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 21.6
  34. Delaware
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 209,192
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 21.5
  35. North Carolina
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,230,919
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 21.3
  36. California
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 8,332,396
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 21.1
  37. Florida
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,525,445
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 21.1
  38. Idaho
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 373,212
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 20.9
  39. Nevada
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 644,363
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 20.9
  40. Louisiana
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 967,358
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 20.8
  41. Indiana
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,381,844
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 20.5
  42. Missouri
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,238,025
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 20.2
  43. South Carolina
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,035,551
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 20.1
  44. Texas
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 5,650,179
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 19.5
  45. District of Columbia
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 135,412
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 19.2
  46. Mississippi
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 571,472
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 19.2
  47. Arkansas
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 567,249
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 18.8
  48. Tennessee
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,227,764
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 18
  49. Alabama
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 819,550
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 16.7
  50. Utah
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 515,888
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 16.1
  51. Georgia
    Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,594,354
    Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 15

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How 15 California residents snagged vaccine appointments – SF Gate

California is expanding vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and over beginning April 15, and hundreds of thousands of people will be scrambling to find appointments.

You may have heard finding an appointment can be tricky. While health care providers, pharmacies and counties are continually opening appointments daily, they go fast.

To help you book an appointment if you’re newly eligible, we asked readers to share their experiences with securing slots to provide tips for others navigating a system that is confusing and overwhelming.

In their stories, we noticed a few trends. One is that some people just get lucky and happen to be at the right place at the right time or log onto a vaccine site when an onslaught of appointments suddenly becomes available.

An even bigger trend we noticed is that finding an appointment online can take time, days even hours. Many readers told us the website VaccinateCA, run by a group of volunteers who call hospitals and pharmacies for vaccine availability, is a great resource for finding appointments. Another great resource: the Bay Area Vaccine Bot at @CovidVaccineBA on Twitter that posts real-time updates on vaccine availability.

Below we share anecdotes on how readers found appointments. Responses have been condensed and edited for clarity in some cases.

Here’s how SFGATE readers found vaccine appointments

“On Wednesday, March 17, my former colleague of Livermore texted me that there were vaccine appointments available at the CVS located in Hanford. I quickly went onto the CVS website, saw that most locations were totally full, except Hanford. When I navigated through the CVS website, not only did I find many open appointments, I was able to schedule the same time as my friend on March 21. CVS also automatically scheduled the 2nd appointments exactly three weeks from the first appointment. During our 2nd visit on April 11, they noticed many appointments still open.

“Both round trips, Montara to Hanford via Livermore yielded 952 miles. We both felt lucky to have been able to obtain these appointments and grateful to the nurses and staff at the CVS located at 574 W. Lacey Blvd., Hanford.” —Alan Joss, Montara

“I noticed in the paper that Contra Costa County was opening vaccine sign-ups to anyone over 50 that lived or worked in the county.  I work at the old Ford Factory on Harbour Way South. The day of the announcement, I went to the county website to sign up, but was not able to do so since I did not fall in any of the eligible categories.  It appears the website was updated to allow for over 50 sign-ups the next day. That was Tuesday, March 24.  On Thursday night, March 26, I received a text with a link to the sign-up website.  I chose a few locations near my workplace and scheduled an appointment at one of them.  I received the first shot by Pfizer on April 1st.  While waiting during the observation period, I received a text with my second appointment, scheduled for April 26th.” — David Taylor

“I just started looking yesterday [4/1] as I had assumed our doctor at UCSF would let us know when our turn would come up. But I was told by a friend it was every man (or woman) for himself during this pandemic so mother-in-law told me to go to VaccinateCA, which I did. It showed a list of places where to go, but they were fully booked. However, I kept scrolling down the site and San Francisco State University came up and they had appointments for the vaccine for my husband (55) and me (59). Honestly, I felt kind of guilty because I keep hearing that people are having trouble getting appointments and we got in right away.” — Mallory Graf

“I received my second COVID vaccine shot on January 11 by being a participant in the AstraZeneca trial being conducted at SF General Hospital. I was at the hospital on a follow-up appointment after cataract surgery and happened to see a sign. I’m 77, diabetic, high blood pressure, a prime suspect.” — Mike Kemper

“About 10:30 a.m. this morning (not 2 a.m., not 3:17 a.m., but in the middle of the freakin’ morning), I optimistically searched for ‘COVID vaccine santa clara county’ using ‘the search engine whose name we dare not speak,’ and managed to score appointments for my wife and me (we’re just now just now eligible) that are — get this — at the same place, close to our home, and at ‘back-to-back’ convenient time slots. If we actually are vaccinated without a hiccup, we’ll go straightway to buy lottery tickets.” — Tony S., San Jose

“I guess it’s pure luck. I am 50-plus and live in Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek to be exact. I went to the MyTurn website at 6:30 p.m. on April 2 and scored the 4:20 p.m. appointment on Sunday, April 4, at the Oakland BART Coliseum site. By the way, give minutes later those appointment slots were completely gone. There is really no special skill involved, just keep trying at different times, I had tried it at 1 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. … during lunch break at work, between watching episodes on Netflix. The process is no different from looking for work (something I’d done a lot last year), you have to be persistent and not get discouraged.” — Tom Lim

“Please inform your readers that scheduling an appointment at can be a bit tricky.  When I looked for an appointment I scrolled all the way to September and nothing was available. Then I scrolled back to April and the information had downloaded.  It seems the pages need time to load. I was then able to schedule two appointments for the next day.” — Sylvia Hays

“After constantly refreshing what seemed like all the vaccine sites to no avail, by luck yesterday evening I saw a timely tweet by @CovidVaccineBA that the Oakland Coliseum had appointments for the Johnson & Johnson shot. I jumped on that and booked my appointment for this Sunday through” — Denise Iwamoto

“I guess I got really lucky. I’m 73 and live in Richmond. In early January, I signed up for notification on Contra Costa County’s COVID website. In mid-January, I received an email that because I was over 65, I could make an appointment through My Chart. I made an appointment for Jan. 28 at Richmond’s City Auditorium. About a week before my scheduled appointment, the county backtracked to 75-plus but honored appointments already made. I got my first shot on Jan. 28 (Pfizer) and then got my second shot on Feb. 19. The county was very organized and getting an appointment online was easy. Meanwhile, Sutter Health, of which I am a member, was either not taking appointments or canceling 95,000 existing appointments. It’s now reported that Contra Costa County has surplus vaccine. Go figure!” — Karen Kempler

I’m retired and live in Healdsburg. I’m 64 with no severe underlying health conditions so I didn’t qualify until April 1 when the state opened up vaccinations to people 50 and over. I sent on my Kaiser Permanente account and tried to book an appointment. No luck anywhere close to home. The closest Kaiser location with availability was in South Sacramento, an over two-hour drive one way. Kaiser also requires you to return to the same location for the second dose. Being a retired I.T. guy, I sat in my easy chair with my laptop for several hours refreshing the screen hoping for a cancellation. I found one in Santa Rosa for three weeks from now. I went on Nextdoor and posted my experience. I tried the MyTurn web portal. It’s a complete joke. Using my ZIP code, it came up with two vaccination sites with openings. Both were in Lake County and both required Lake County residency. One of my neighbors on Nextdoor posted there were spots available at a certain link.  It’s right here in town at Healdsburg High School administered by Alliance. I secured an appointment for this coming Tuesday. As of right now, there are still appointments available. It’s word of mouth and lots of luck to secure a vaccination appointment.” — Dana Hom

“I am under 65 and received a phone call six weeks ago from the Veterans Affairs to schedule my COVID vaccine. They were running ahead of schedule I guess, or maybe I was phoned because I am a sole caregiver for an elderly parent and I have pre-existing conditions. I was not looking to book an appointment as I was not 65 or older, so their call caught me by surprise. At any rate, they offered an appointment for two days later. ” — A. Farley

“It took me half a day to find an appointment. I started at 4 a.m. and found one at 1 p.m. There were no appointments available in San Francisco. All I did was refresh, check, refresh, check. I used VaccineFinder, MyTurn, Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid, medical health centers, UCSF and Kaiser — and hit the jackpot with Sutter Health. It was so frustrating, but I felt an urgency. I knew it would become harder when they opened up to everyone. I had to drive to Great America Parkway, but it was worth it. Sutter was very organized and quick. There was even parking.” — Tracy Silva

“A neighbor that’s a yoga teacher-caterer told me he just walked up to S.F. General and got in line. After realizing that I was eligible, I walked over and talked to a nurse. ‘If you come early there’s a line, but around 11 a.m. it thins out,’ the nurse told me. Sure enough, the next day at 11 a.m., there was no line and I was in and out in under a half-hour. There are many places that take walk-ups (here’s a link to some in San Francisco) and it’s a lot easier than clicking refresh or logging on at 3 a.m. to find an appointment. Sometimes the easiest solution isn’t the most obvious one — clicking around for hours allows you to book an appointment from your couch, but just showing up guarantees you a spot in the line. Many seniors don’t have the internet so this is great for them.” — Andrew Lawrence

“We got an appointment for my wife, age 64, from Kaiser via their website on Wednesday night about 9:30 p.m. Closest location was 30 miles and first time was eight days hence.  I’m 71 and had already been poked; the drive was 45 miles each way, two times. By the way, I photocopied by vaccination card, reducing it to 80%, and then laminated the copy and cut it down to the exact size of my driver’s license to carry in my wallet. Keep the original with other important papers.  I’ve asked a few people if they wanted to see my Fauci Card. Nobody’s been interested. I show them anyway.” — Tom Ruppel, Dixon

“I am a USMC veteran OIF/OEF, and I am conservator for my little brother who has Down syndrome. I am fortunate to have many resources including the Veterans Affairs to help me in my search for scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. But like most in the Bay Area, I have also been calling every number, emailing every address provided to me from over seven different agencies, some of these including federal. And I also have been stonewalled every time. Anyway to make a long story short, after almost two weeks straight of calling everyone and emails, I finally just took a chance, contacted our basic health care provider Kaiser and went on their website at Yesterday at around 16:30 hours, I called the 800-number provided and was put on hold. I stayed on hold for exactly 57 minutes and 43 seconds. I know this because I had reached my level of patience and had my fiance record me saying I would only wait on hold for another few minutes, making it exactly one hour on hold time. Then I would hang up. But just as soon as I was about to give up, I was greeted by an agent and she was able to schedule me and my brother for vaccination shots. But the catch was they were nowhere close to home, and also sort of an inconvenience with most social family holiday gatherings because our appointments are scheduled for this Sunday, on Easter, all the way in Stockton.” — Matt Katovich


Maine CDC reports 1 new COVID-19 death, 296 additional cases Monday – WMTW Portland

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    Recent Rise in U.S. Covid-19 Cases Driven by Younger People – The Wall Street Journal

    Younger people who haven’t been vaccinated are helping drive a rise in new Covid-19 cases, health officials are finding.

    Five states—Michigan, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey—account for some 42% of newly reported cases. In Michigan, adults aged 20 to 39 have the highest daily case rates, new data show. Case rates for children aged 19 and under are at a record, more than quadruple from a month ago. There were 301 reported school outbreaks as of early last week, up from 248 the week prior, according to state data.

    Epidemiologists and public-health authorities have pointed to school sports as a major source of Covid-19 transmission. Since January, K-12 sports transmission in Michigan has been highest in basketball, with 376 cases and 100 clusters; in hockey, with 256 cases and 52 clusters; and in wrestling, with 190 cases and 55 clusters. Overall, cases and clusters have occurred in over 15 sport settings, data from the state shows.

    Driving the overall uptick among younger people in Michigan, and more broadly, is a confluence of fatigue from the pandemic, which is leading some people to engage in more close contact, and the spread of the more transmissible U.K. variant, known as B.1.1.7.

    “It used to be that we had clusters of the variant. The cases were in fairly contained situations. Now, we’re definitely seeing cases of the variant arise in the general community,” said Emily Toth Martin, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at University of Michigan School of Public Health. “It’s concerning that we see big explosive rises in groups where we can’t use the vaccine.”


    Don`t ignore these new oral symptoms of Covid-19 – WION

    The deadly coronavirus has caused an unprecedented pandemic around the world. The disease produced by the novel coronavirus and its consequences have posed a challenge for health authorities worldwide. 
    Transmission through direct contact and saliva in the form of small drops and through aerosols have caused the rapid spread worldwide.

    Day by day, scientists are learning more about the different new symptoms of this deadly virus infection with the hopes of eventually being able to treat it.

    According to the latest report of the National Institute of Health, half of the coronavirus patients suffer oral symptoms during the infection.

    Here are the known oral symptoms identified by the researchers:

    Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

    Dry mouth refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include not drinking enough fluids, sleeping with mouth open, dry hot weather, eating dry foods or medication side effects.


    An oral lesion is an ulcer that occurs on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity. This happens when the virus attacks your muscle fibres, oral linings. They are very common, occurring in association with many diseases and by many different mechanisms.

    COVID tongue

    In this condition, your tongue may start to appear white and patchy, according to scientists. In the COVID tongue, your body fails to produce saliva that protects your mouth from bad bacteria. People with this symptom may also find it difficult to chew food and to speak.

    Covid tongue could also be accompanied by a change to the tongue’s sensation, as well as muscle pain while chewing and persistent ulcers. However, it’s not entirely clear what specifically causes Covid tongue.


    UK Govt Walks Back ‘Third Wave’ Claim, No Corona Surge Expected this Summer – Breitbart

    Government scientists in Britain have reportedly pushed back against models which suggested that a third wave of the Chinese coronavirus would fall upon the country over the summer months as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

    Projections conducted by the UK’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) of the SAGE quango last week painted a dire picture for another potential outbreak of COVID-19, even suggesting that a third wave in June could be comparable to the second wave of the virus in January.

    However, senior scientific experts within the government told The Telegraph that the modelling was based on shaky presuppositions and that any further potential outbreak would not occur until at least the autumn months, even if mask-wearing and other restrictions are scrapped.

    The modelling had been likened to the ‘Project Fear’ tactics employed ahead of the 2016 EU referendum and has been criticised for failing to account for the UK’s successful vaccination push as well as the typical seasonal nature of respiratory viruses.

    An unnamed senior Government scientist — the Telegraph is perhaps the closest British newspaper to the Conservative government and frequently cites unnamed sources in Downing Street — told the broadsheet that there were “some big caveats” on the modelling, adding: “A lot depends on seasonality as well so it may well be that it’s more like autumn than summer.”

    “Is that going to be affected by what’s happening in Europe? Well, possibly in the sense that if you get lots of travel coming back and forth that might increase it.

    “I think that the expectation is that there will be further waves, but they won’t be as big as the ones that we’ve had, unless things go badly wrong. Timing, I think it’s more likely to be autumn than summer, but we’ll see.”

    The revision comes as beer gardens, gyms, barbers, and shops in England have finally been permitted by the government to reopen their doors to the public, albeit still in a limited capacity until at least next month.

    Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have also cast doubt on a possible reemergence of the Chinese virus during the summer, suggesting that sunshine limits the ability of the coronavirus to spread. The study suggested that skin may release nitric oxide under the sunlight of summer months, which limits the ability of the virus to replicate.

    One of the authors of the study, Dr Richard Weller said: “There is still so much we don’t understand about Covid-19, which has resulted in so many deaths worldwide. These early results open up sunlight exposure as one way of potentially reducing the risk of death.”

    The chairman of Health Geography at the University of Edinburgh and another co-author of the research, Professor Chris Dibben added: “The relationship between Covid-19 mortality, season and latitude has been quite striking, here we offer an alternative explanation for this phenomenon.”

    While previous studies have tied the amount of Vitamin D within a population to lower mortality rates for the virus, the researchers at Edinburgh did not find a correspondence.

    Public Health England (PHE) scientists have also suggested that Britain receives sufficient sunlight between April and September to limit the spread of the virus. The government health body did caution, however, that there is insufficient ultraviolet light between October and March to have an effect on the spread.

    Even as some lockdown measures have been lifted over the past month, the number of people dying of the coronavirus in the UK has continued to fall, with just seven deaths reported on Sunday, the lowest since September 14th of last year.

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