The Coronavirus Has Mutated

coronavirusThe virus appears to be more contagious now.

The coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, has mutated and the new, dominant strain spreading across the U.S. appears to be even more contagious, according to a new study.

The new strain began spreading in Europe in early February before migrating to other parts of the world, including the U.S., becoming the dominant form of the virus across the globe by the end of March, according to researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

If the coronavirus doesn’t subside in the summer like the seasonal flu, it could mutate further and potentially limit the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccines being developed by scientists, the researchers warned.

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Nearly 84% of new coronavirus hospitalizations in New York are people who had been staying home. The majority of cases are minorities, with nearly half being African American or Hispanic. Most are either retired or unemployed. Overall, some 73% of the admissions were people over age 51. They were not working or traveling and are not essential employees.

Symptoms that last a month or more

Some patients say they’re struggling to get back to their regular lives a month after getting diagnosed with the coronavirus. They say they’re still experiencing symptoms intermittently.

Patients diagnosed or suspected to have Covid-19 are posting via online forums and on social media about symptoms that feel endless. Many say it comes in waves. They start feeling better after a few weeks, but it hits them again and persists. These patients say they’re in the middle camp between those who experience the virus like a mild cold or flu, and those who are so sick they end up at the hospital.

Kids develop illness possibly related to coronavirus

Amid increasing reports of a mysterious illness in U.S. children with COVID-19, the New York State Department of Health has announced there are 64 suspected cases in the state.

The condition is referred to by the medical community as pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome. It’s a rare but serious syndrome in which inflammation affects the heart and other organs and can send the body into a state of shock. Common symptoms include persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and red or irritated eyes. It can also lead to organ failure.

It is suspected that the condition can arise while a child is infected with the coronavirus or weeks later. There have been no reported fatalities so far, and the link between COVID-19 and the syndrome has not been confirmed.

It’s unclear what about the virus may cause the condition and how common it is.

Millions of people are expected to fall ill with tuberculosis due to coronavirus

Global lockdown measures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could lead to millions of people contracting tuberculosis (TB) over the coming years, according to a new study.

As many as 6.3 million people are expected to develop TB as cases go undiagnosed and untreated between now and 2025, a study published by Stop TB Partnership showed, with 1.4 million people predicted to die during this time.

TB is an airborne infectious disease, so every single person with TB who goes undiagnosed or treated infects many others.

Both the TB infection and disease are curable using antibiotics. Since effective medication exists to treat TB, the global response relies on testing and treating as many people as possible.

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