Covid-19 causes heart problems
Covid-19 causes heart problems. There has been some reporting in the last several months that Covid-19 attacks different parts of the body leading to long-term inflammation. The newest studies from Germany tell us that even when people survive even a mild case of Covid-19 there is the potential for heart problems in the future.
Here is the link to the article of heart problems and Covid-19. https://www.statnews.com/2020/07/27/covid19-concerns-about-lasting-heart-damage/
Virus attacking organs is not unusual
There are viruses that attack every organ in the human body. The virus most of us have heard about is Hepatitis A,B and C. Hepatitis C is what you hear about because it causes scarring of the liver. The scarring causes eventual liver failure and death. Until Covid-19 the virus that worries doctors is Group Strep A throat infections which can lead to rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever causes permanent damage to the heart valves. Here is a link explaining how Group A strep can damage the heart. https://www.chop.edu/conditions-diseases/rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease
A mask and avoiding people can stop Covid and possible heart problems
Everything you have heard about not wearing a mask is false. A mask will help you not spread Covid-19 to others while other people wearing masks stops them from giving you Covid-19. There have been too many stories about people believing Covid-19 is a hoax or a mask will hurt them. This virus is real and will kill anyone that is susceptible to it. The virus kills the elderly, the young and those who have no apparent health concerns. Do not be the person who brings home the virus to your family causing the hospitalization or death of a loved one.
Covid-19 is here to stay
Covid-19 is not going away anytime soon. A virus does one thing and one thing extremely well. It infects the host to make copies of itself to infect others. There is nothing that will stop a virus unless there is a vaccine that provides long-term immunity. Think of the Covid-19 vaccine the same way as the Small Pox, Tuberculous and Polio vaccines. Those vaccines ended years of suffering and death for millions around the world. The Covid-19 vaccine may do the same thing for this generation.
The New Normal.
The New Normal. If this past weekend is any indication of what the rest of the year will be like I expect a very different holiday season. Last year my wife and I would have visited family for a cookout. This year I traveled as far as my next door neighbor’s driveway to watch a birthday fireworks show. The people who were not regulars sat at least 15 feet away. A good time was had by all even with social distancing.
When will school start?
Gov. Ducey delayed the opening of school until at least August 17th. The idea is to let schools create a plan to keep kids safe. Is this really possible? When was the last time you were around twenty children? What was their attention span? Will they wear a facemask all day? What about all the parents and other people who think being told to wear a facemask is a violation of their constitutional rights. Governors, mayors and private business owners can demand you wear a facemask. It is not against the constitution. If you believe this you need to reread the constitution. Here is link explaining why a local or elected official can under force of law make you wear a mask. https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2020/can-the-government-legally-force-you-to-wear-a-mask/
What about a vaccine?
There is no vaccine that is ready today or in the next six months that will protect people from the Covid virus. Yes there are several vaccines in early trials that have showed promise. All of the vaccine trials to date have been tested on a few dozen people. These are safety a efficacy trials. As one scientist stated he has seen many vaccines fail as they have progressed into larger trials. The reasons vaccines fail are many including not producing antibodies, not producing long-lasting antibodies and adverse reactions to the vaccine. Even with a viable vaccine that does produce antibodies it will require that at least 70% to 90% of the entire population of the U.S. to be vaccinated for herd immunity. As a reference the smallpox epidemic was finally eradicated worldwide in 1977 almost 20 years years after the WHO and nations of the world united to vaccinate every person in the world.
What to do until the world has a vaccine?
Unfortunately there are only containment procedures to control the Covid virus. Wearing a mask and keeping your distance from people you do not know are the only proven methods to stop the spread of the virus. No one wants to be responsible for their parents or grandparents contracting the virus that either kills them or leaves them with chronic health problems. The New Normal. It will be here for many years even after we have a vaccine.