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Hello, Brain Damage; Goodbye, Insurance: Covid-19 Patients Show High Rates of Neurological Disruption

Scientists at the Northwestern University School of Medicine studied the first 509 patients admitted to Northwestern Medicine Healthcare’s hospitals in Chicago with coronavirus last spring and found that more than 80% of them suffered some kind of disruption of their brain functions:

There were 509 consecutive patients included in the study (age 58.5 ± 16.9 years, 281 (55.2%) males), and 134 (26.3%) had severe Covid‐19 requiring mechanical ventilation. Neurologic manifestations were present at Covid‐19 onset in 215 patients (42.2%), at hospital admission in 319 patients (62.7%) and at any time during the disease course in 419 patients (82.3%). The most frequent neurologic manifestations were myalgias (228, 44.8%), headaches (192, 37.7%), encephalopathy (162, 31.8%), dizziness (151, 29.7%), dysgeusia (81, 15.9%), and anosmia (58, 11.4%). In addition, reports of generalized fatigue (214 [42.9%] patients) at onset and any time during Covid‐19 disease (404 [79.4%] patients) were common [links added; Eric M. Liotta, Ayush Batra, Jeffrey R. Clark, Nathan A. Shlobin, Steven C. Hoffman, Zachary S. Orban, and Igor J. Koralnik, “Frequent Neurologic Manifestations and Encephalopathy-Associated Morbidity in Covid-19 Patients,” Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 2020.10.05].

This study found that 71% of the patients were able to take care of themselves without help when they got out of the hospital. 9% died.

This study does not (and really no study yet can) prove long-term effects from covid-19, but damage to the brain is never good:

Only 9 months into the pandemic, the long‐term effects of Covid‐19 on the nervous system remain uncertain. Our results suggest that, of all neurologic manifestations, encephalopathy is associated with a worse functional outcome in hospitalized patients with Covid‐19, and may have lasting effects. Long‐term follow‐up is necessary to assess the true burden of encephalopathy in these patients. Whether milder forms occur in non‐hospitalized individuals with Covid‐19 who complain of protracted inability to concentrate or decreased short term memory (referred to as ‘brain fog’) warrants further evaluation. Prospective cognitive and neurologic‐focused evaluations through specialized clinics dedicated to further diagnostic assessment and tailored rehabilitation needs could play a significant role in recovery from this pandemic [Liotta et al., 2020.10.05].

Ongoing brain disruption would mean ongoing medical costs for coronavirus survivors, costs that insurance companies freed of the Affordable Care Act would avoid by dropping coronavirus survivors from their policyholder rolls.

That explains why, in last night’s TV show with his impending replacement Senator Kamala Harris, Vice-President Mike Pence ignored moderator Susan Page’s question (as he has throughout his underlingdom to Trump) about how the Trump Administration will protect Americans with pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court overturns the ACA. As leader of the White House coronavirus task force, Pence has sat idly by as his leader as let the pandemic rage uncontrolled through the nation and now through his own workplace, setting up more Americans to lose their health insurance at the hands of the White House’s ideological lawyers and judges.

The Trump Administration gives us brain damage, then takes away our health insurance. Trump and Pence aren’t working for you; as Senator Harris said last night, Trump and Pence are coming for you:

10 Comments

  1. james 2020-10-08 09:28

    What are you saying? You think Kristi already had the virus, don’t you?

  2. mike from iowa 2020-10-08 10:52

    Noem Nothing infected? Not for me to say, but, she certainly appears to be comfortably dumb about the pandemic and attending calamities associated with it.

    Her alleged brave face merely hides the facts she is clewless and likely to stay that way.

    What’s your excuse?

  3. John Dale 2020-10-08 12:00

    Interesting that 5G – war theater weaponized millimeter RF – is capable of the same effect.

  4. Richard Schriever 2020-10-08 16:02

    Headaches, fever, dizziness and fatigue for 5 weeks John Dale. Give it a try. I have.

  5. Debbo 2020-10-08 20:41

    The New England Journal of Medicine has truly scorched Enormous Ass in a detailed assessment of his massive, deadly failure. First time ever, NEJM made an endorsement! Or non endorsement. 😄

    “The magnitude of this failure is astonishing. According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering,1 the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and in deaths due to the disease, far exceeding the numbers in much larger countries, such as China. The death rate in this country is more than double that of Canada, exceeds that of Japan, a country with a vulnerable and elderly population, by a factor of almost 50, and even dwarfs the rates in lower-middle-income countries, such as Vietnam, by a factor of almost 2000.

    “Why has the United States handled this pandemic so badly? We have failed at almost every step. We had ample warning, but when the disease first arrived, we were incapable of testing effectively and couldn’t provide even the most basic personal protective equipment to health care workers and the general public. And we continue to be way behind the curve in testing. While the absolute numbers of tests have increased substantially, the more useful metric is the number of tests performed per infected person, a rate that puts us far down the international list, below such places as Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia, countries that cannot boast the biomedical infrastructure or the manufacturing capacity that we have.2 Moreover, a lack of emphasis on developing capacity has meant that U.S. test results are often long delayed, rendering the results useless for disease control.

    “The response of our nation’s leaders has been consistently inadequate. The federal government has largely abandoned disease control to the states. Governors have varied in their responses, not so much by party as by competence. But whatever their competence, governors do not have the tools that Washington controls. Instead of using those tools, the federal government has undermined them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was the world’s leading disease response organization, has been eviscerated and has suffered dramatic testing and policy failures. The National Institutes of Health have played a key role in vaccine development but have been excluded from much crucial government decision making. And the Food and Drug Administration has been shamefully politicized,3 appearing to respond to pressure from the administration rather than scientific evidence. Our current leaders have undercut trust in science and in government,4 causing damage that will certainly outlast them. Instead of relying on expertise, the administration has turned to uninformed “opinion leaders” and charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies.

    “Our current leadership takes pride in the economy, but while most of the world has opened up to some extent, the United States still suffers from disease rates that have prevented many businesses from reopening, with a resultant loss of hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of jobs. And more than 200,000 Americans have died. Some deaths from Covid-19 were unavoidable. But, although it is impossible to project the precise number of additional American lives lost because of weak and inappropriate government policies, it is at least in the tens of thousands in a pandemic that has already killed more Americans than any conflict since World War II.

    “When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.”

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  6. leslie 2020-10-09 01:15

    Scathing.

  7. Debbo 2020-10-09 22:36

    A related issue is the PTSD that many intubated and sedated patients who survive endure. It doesn’t go away, except with treatment. The treatment involves long term counseling which wouldn’t be covered by insurance if Cruel Creep, Moscow Mitch and the GOP get their way.

  8. jerry 2020-10-11 00:25

    This young guy showed no symptoms, but now has brain damage.

    “The 30-year-old man from Texas had difficulty speaking and walking – signs of a malfunction in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance – but had no fever, cough, chest pains or other typical symptoms.
    “Covid-19 has not yet been reported as a cause of acute viral cerebellitis without associated respiratory symptoms,” wrote Adriana Povlow and Andrew Auerbach, from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, in the study published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine on Friday.”

    Now, there are another 400 paid spectators at the chubby trump extravaganza that are potential brain dead dudes with blue shirts. What do you know, who would have thunk it besides the Chinese who warned against that very brain damage thingy.

  9. jerry 2020-10-11 00:25

    This young guy showed no symptoms, but now has brain damage.

    “The 30-year-old man from Texas had difficulty speaking and walking – signs of a malfunction in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance – but had no fever, cough, chest pains or other typical symptoms.
    “Covid-19 has not yet been reported as a cause of acute viral cerebellitis without associated respiratory symptoms,” wrote Adriana Povlow and Andrew Auerbach, from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, in the study published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine on Friday.”

    Now, there are another 400 paid spectators at the chubby trump extravaganza that are potential brain dead dudes with blue shirts. What do you know, who would have thunk it besides the Chinese who warned against that very brain damage thingy.

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