The US is falling further behind the world in vaccinate people from COVID-19. And that will have disastrous consequences, virus expert warns Dr Ashish Jha. dr. Jha, dean of the School of Public Health, professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown University, recently commented on the country’s slow progress and spoke of Long COVID on Crooked Media’s What a day podcasting. Read on for five essentials that will save your life – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss them Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
“Portugal is now the world leader with 84% of the population fully vaccinated,” tweeted Dr. yah. “Canada? 71% Cambodia 65%. The US ranks 40th globally at 55%. Even Vermont, our most vaccinated state, would rank 15th in the world. The US is falling further and further behind. get it in order people.” As a result of this low vaccination rate, the average daily COVID deaths in America have reached 2,000 – and more and more Americans are getting Lung COVID. Keep reading to see what that is, says Jha.
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Why is Long COVID not getting more attention? “We are still in the midst of an acute crisis of sorts with thousands of Americans dying every day,” said Dr. yay What a day. “And when that happens, it makes sense that the focus will be on saving lives and managing the most critically ill people. Second, I think there’s been a lot of denial about COVID, a kind of COVID minimization, by members of our community by a lot of people out there. And that means we’ve only focused on death. We talk a lot about the death rate. We don’t talk about the suffering that COVID causes. And we need to look at this much more holistically. Yes. Death of course, terrible, very, very important, but there is a lot of suffering that we have not paid attention to because we have focused too much on mortality alone.’ Keep reading to see the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Lung COVID? “It’s really a wide range of things,” Jha . told What a day. “Probably the most common thing people talk about is fatigue and really deep fatigue. So we’re not talking about, oh, I’m feeling a little extra tired today. Like we all have fatigue, some days we’re talking about people being weakened being with that fatigue, people who were functional, who worked long hours, could do all sorts of things that now really struggle to get through the day. That’s probably one of the most common things. A lot of people describe what people generally talk about is brain fog. Just a feeling of, they are not so clear in their thinking. They are struggling with problems that they handled quite well before they got infected, a wide variety of other things. Some people have persistent fevers. That is less common. Others people have breathing problems It’s a really big mix And one of the things we have to do clinically is figure this out, is this all one condition or this one along Other different conditions that we don’t know about yet. We’ll have to f explain that.”
“First of all, I think one of the things we want to do is make sure we recognize the suffering that there is. A lot of people with long-term COVID feel invisible, they feel like they’ve started talking to their doctor, or they’ve talked to other people and don’t get much credit for what they’re going through,” said Dr. yay What a day. “There will be very significant financial costs along with COVID. And again, I don’t want to monetize this too much, but you know, people obviously need care. That’s going to be expensive. we want to support them through disability benefits that all needs to be resolved but it tells me that if we recover from this pandemic we will realize that the cost of the pandemic certainly isn’t all the lives of the people we have lost , but also in the lives of so many people who have really suffered and come out with real challenges.”
If you think you may have Lung COVID, speak to a medical professional, and follow public health basics and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.