“On the fifteenth day after my second dose, a fog rose” – Release

In April and then in July, I asked my friend Oscar Rios to describe the situation in New York, where he lives. A former cemetery worker turned writer, Oscar is of Spanish-American origin. He analyzed for Release the way in which “The fish” spread in his country while “The conservative media called it all a liberal hoax to harm the President [Donald Trump à l’époque, ndlr]». And humbly explained how the little people, during this “Class act of genocide” in a country where health costs can ruin you, had adapted to take: “We try to be indulgent with ourselves and with each other, and we do our best not to become a statistic. We are doing our best not to strain a nearly overwhelmed medical system. ” When I learned that Oscar had been vaccinated, I asked him to pick up the pen for a new letter from America:

“Life in America has been very strange in recent months. I won’t dwell on the attempted fascist takeover of our democracy, not really. Let’s focus on the deadly global pandemic. One nightmare at a time.

“We thought things would change when the vaccines came in, but for a long time they didn’t. The virus had spread like a deadly cloud, infecting people, sending them to hospitals, killing some of us while our so-called President, too focused on canceling an election he had lost and the attempt to impose a dictatorship, chose to ignore it. His rhetoric made matters worse. He continued to attack the scientific community and embolden his supporters to ignore social distancing and reopen businesses despite the risks. When he was finally ousted from power, things finally changed as our leadership regained some semblance of sanity.

Like seats at a concert

“It was neither quick nor easy. No logistics plan had been put in place to distribute the vaccine, so the new administration had to start from scratch. At first he was almost hopeless trying to get a vaccination appointment, limited to older citizens and officials most at risk. The weeks dragged on and for many of us it seemed like we would never get our doses. We would spend hours on the computer, jumping from website to website, desperately trying to get a date when our turn came.

“But more and more vaccination centers have opened, as production ramped up in our factories and the government launched a coordinated plan to vaccinate our population. Slowly the ages were lowered and lowered again, but we still lived in fear and holed up at home. Finally, our turn has come, and I have taken action.

“I was finally able to make an appointment for my whole family, with a friend who helped me get one for my mother-in-law. For most of us, I would watch when a new vaccination center opened, find out when they would start making an appointment, and hang out online refreshing my browser, like trying to get some tickets to a rock concert. For my kids (18 and 26) this meant driving an hour’s drive, four times (first and second dose included) but I preferred that rather than waiting another four to six weeks for a hypothetical appointment available at proximity.

“But on the 15th day after my second dose, someone flipped a switch in my brain. A fog arose, to which I had become so used to it that it had become normal to me. I let out a long, slow breath and thought to myself, “You survived. You got to the other side. ””

Oscar Rios, writer in New York

“We’ve all had our doses, most from Pfizer and one of us from Moderna. None of us got sick or had a reaction, apart from feeling tired and having difficulty concentrating the day after the second dose. What can I tell you about vaccination? I can tell you that in the line, while I was in my car, Here comes the sun of the Beatles went on the radio, and I burst into tears. I can tell you that the woman behind me started to cry, saying it was the first time she left her house in seven months.

On the other side

“The time between the first dose and the second was surreal. You knew you were protected, but not fully. Life hasn’t really changed. Ditto after the second dose because we were told that it took another two weeks to achieve 95% immunity. But on the 15th day after my second dose, someone flipped a switch in my brain. A fog arose, to which I had become so used to it that it had become normal to me. I let out a long, slow breath and thought to myself, “You survived. You got to the other side. ”

“It was April 28 for me. I was happy and relieved. And over 574,000 of my compatriots had died. Part of me was crying for them, because they weren’t on this side, they would always be on the other side. I was grateful that no one in my immediate family had died, and that those of my friends who had been infected had recovered. I started working again, more productively than I had done in a long time. It was an adjustment, stressful, I seemed to find parts of myself that had been dormant for so long. I was no longer the same person. None of us will ever be, I imagine.

“It was finished. Is not it ?

“Not quite.

“Even in New York City, a city that had taken the pandemic seriously for a long time, people still wear their masks. We carry our immunization cards with us wherever we go, just like any other form of identification. I went to the movies, with a mixture of excitement, nervousness and outright fear. I didn’t want anyone near me. I still don’t want it. We went out with the family to the restaurant, feeling as uncomfortable as toddlers learning to walk. Why ? Because so many people still don’t take the coronavirus seriously, refuse to be vaccinated, and get sick. Since my vaccination on April 28, there have been 9,000 additional deaths, for a total of 583,000 as of this writing.

“When our new president took office, he pledged to vaccinate 100 million American citizens during his first 100 days in office. His political opponents laughed at him and explained that it was impossible. We did it in 58 days. By the end of Biden’s first 100 days, 230 million vaccines had been administered. Today you don’t even need an appointment, you can just walk into many centers and get vaccinated. We had finally taken charge.

Nothing was finished

“But even that remains bittersweet, because I talked to my friends abroad and watched the news.

“Amazingly, unbelievably, after dealing with the pandemic so tragically, my country has successfully rolled out the vaccine. My friends in Canada, Europe and the UK will still have to wait months. Many told me that their dates would only take place in the middle or end of summer, some even told me that their age group would not be eligible until September. I couldn’t believe it, few of us here could. How did we finally get it right when throughout 2020 we had failed miserably on all fronts? And so, even for me, so far away from you in New York, and fully vaccinated, it’s not over yet. I have too many friends around the world who are still at risk. Until we’re all safe, this isn’t really going to be over.

“The nightmare of the Indian wave has begun. Their second wave, fueled by political rallies and religious rallies overwhelmingly backed by a government in denial and ignoring its own scientists, swept the country like fire in a conifer forest. To a New Yorker survivor of the first two waves of covid-19, it all sounds horribly familiar. Instead of the mass graves and roadside refrigerated morgues we have known, they cut trees in parks for open-air public cremations. My heart broke as the wave swept out of the cities, into the countryside, and across the border into Tibet.

“Nothing was finished.

“The variants keep appearing, more contagious, sometimes more virulent. The more people who are infected, the greater the risk of a more dangerous mutation. I wonder how long it would take before it mutates to resist our current vaccines. Until the virus is brought under control everywhere, it will never be over.

“I’m sitting here at my window. It’s a beautiful spring day. And I wonder about the future. Am I really safe? Is it really over for me? Or am I just catching my breath before the next wave hits? Did I really get to the other side, or am I just in the eye of the hurricane? I guess we’ll all find out together. ”


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Gallipoli, June 5th disco test: access allowed to 2000 people with green pass

As has already happened in other European countries, also in Italy the return to the disco is experienced. The initiative, launched by Silb-Fipe, will concern the “Praja”, an outdoor venue: customers will only enter with the green pass and at the exit they will have to undergo a new tampon. Another test also at the Fabrique in Milan, an indoor venue

Italy is also experiencing a return to the disco. As has already happened in other European countries (IMAGES IN UK – THE CONCERT IN SPAIN), it will be an experiment that will involve two different venues, one indoors and the other outdoors, to verify the conditions for the reopening of the discos on a large scale and safely. The initiative was launched by Silb-Fipe, the Italian business and entertainment association. The experimentation in the outdoor venue will take place on June 5 in Gallipoli, at the “Praja”, where 2 thousand people will enter only with the green pass and at the exit they will have to undergo a new tampon. “We have the authorization of the Puglia Region”, explained Maurizio Pasca, president of Silb. The other test will concern Milan and will take place at Fabrique, an indoor nightclub.

Discotheque managers: a protocol is ready to be delivered to Cts

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The president of Silb-Fipe, the Italian association of enterprises and entertainment, Maurizio Pasca, explained: “We are working on a health protocol for the reopening of the discos, in covid-free mode. After the last meeting tomorrow between the representatives of our category, we will deliver the document to the Technical Scientific Committee for evaluation. You were already had a positive meeting with a delegation of parliamentary M5s “. According to the protocol, in discos it will be necessary to wear a mask but social distancing will not be necessary. In addition to the compulsory nature of the green pass (vaccination certificate, tampon or certificate of recovery), the use of disposable materials, traceability through the purchase of tickets online and sanitation of the premises is also provided. The safety protocol would have been signed by virologists Pierluigi Lopalco and Matteo Bassetti.

Disco managers in Figliuolo: vaccinating young people with us

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“We offer the government and Commissioner Figliuolo our willingness to organize open days for vaccines also in discos in view of summer events, so that more and more young people can be reached in the vaccine campaign”, Pasca proposed. “We will need gazebos and outdoor spaces, but if the government deems it appropriate we could discuss it. We are available: the sooner everyone gets vaccinated, the sooner we return to normal, everyone must make their contribution,” he adds.


Serious ‘black fungus’ infection in patients with Covid-19 in India

In India, doctors are worried about the resurgence of a serious fungal infection that is appearing in people who have been cured or recovering from Covid-19. Several people have already lost an eye due to this “black fungus”.

Soutik Biswas, an Indian correspondent of the BBC, reported information that made the rounds of the international media. There, people in the process of healing or cured of Covid-19 get another life-threatening infection called mucormycosis. This time, the manager is not a virus, but microscopic filamentous fungi belonging to the order of Mucorales.

They are ubiquitous in the environment: in the earth, on plants and animals, food or objects. We are therefore in constant contact with these fungi, we breathe their spores without even realizing it. In immunocompetent people, this has no incidence, but in people who are immunocompromised, an infection can develop. The Mucorales can also contaminate us through the skin, when the barrier physique that constitutes the skin is damaged or weakened, in particular in severe burns or multiple accident victims.

Diabetes and Anti-Covid Treatments Promote Mucormycosis

According to information collected by Soutik Biswas, the number of cases of mucormycosis has exploded since the start of the pandemic. Dr Nair, who officiates at Sion Hospital from Mumbai, says that in two weeks, he treated 40 people for mucormycosis, compared to less than ten in the past two years. Most of these patients were infected with coronavirus within two weeks of the onset of the fungal infection.

Some of them already had diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication of diabetes type 1 (and type 2 diabetes to a lesser extent), which weakens the immune system. Added to this are drugs anti-inflammatory steroids that limit the damage caused by Covid-19, but which further decrease theimmunity. Combined, these two conditions would constitute an ideal ground for mucormycosis.

Mucormycosis, a serious and difficult disease to treat

This infection is potentially fatal. Its most common form is called “rhinocerebral damage”. It is characterized by necrosis of the nasal mucous membranes and sometimes of the palate. The mushroom microscopic can spread through the bloodstream to the eyes and brain. The infection causes pain, fever, necrosis, secretion purulent, affected eyepieces and cerebral.

In India, doctors report that when patients present to the hospital, the fungus has already reached the eyes. To date, eleven people in India have required amputation eye to limit the spread of the “black fungus”. Mucormycosis is a difficult disease to treat. In addition to the surgery, patients receive a high dose intravenous antifungal injection for eight weeks. At the moment, the Indian government is not talking aboutepidemic mucormycosis. Doctors do not yet fully understand why the number of cases of mucormycosis is increasing across India.

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In this live blog you can read the most important news about the corona virus and the consequences of the corona crisis every day.

This was the main news of Sunday May 16:

8:30 pm – Is there a chance of easing on Wednesday?
Insiders from The Hague report that step two of the opening plan can continue, the AD reports. On Monday, the caretaker cabinet will formally take the plunge. That would mean that zoos, theme parks and gyms could open on Wednesday. There is also more space for outdoor catering.

5:00 PM – Malta and Romania also skip opening Eurovision ceremony
Now that there are corona infections within the Eurovision delegations from Poland and Iceland, the delegates from Malta and Romania will not come to the opening ceremony on Sunday evening.

Both countries are in the same hotel as the delegations from Poland and Iceland, where corona infections were found earlier this weekend. The hotel is probably the source of the contamination. Like all delegates from Poland and Iceland, the representatives of Romania and Malta will remain in their chambers for the time being. They had a PCR test done as a precaution.

In total, five countries are now absent from the opening ceremony. Australia is not there because singer Montaigne has not come to Rotterdam.

4:50 PM – Number of corona patients on IC’s with 686 lower again
The number of corona patients in intensive care is again lower than the day before. There are now 686 corona patients on the ICs. On Saturday there were 24 more: 710. It is the eleventh consecutive day on which the number of IC patients with corona falls.

The number of corona patients admitted to the nursing wards is 1,466, seven fewer than Saturday (1,473), according to figures from the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS).

Hospitals are now treating 2,152 people because of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That is 31 less than Saturday, when that number was 2183.

3:10 pm – RIVM reports 4,494 new infections
Until 10:00 this morning, 4,494 new corona infections were reported to the RIVM.

On average, the number of positive corona tests decreases: an average of 5,479 positive tests were registered per day last week. That is a decrease of 27 percent compared to the previous week.

In the fight against the corona virus, an estimated 7.2 million injections have been taken by the Ministry of Health. This concerns the number of injections, not the number of vaccinees.

12:00 pm – People born in 1963 or 1964 can make an appointment for vaccination
From now on, people born in 1963 or 1964 can make an appointment online for a vaccination against the corona virus, the GGD reports. This is possible via www.coronavaccinatie-afspraak.nl.

According to the GGD umbrella organization GGD GHOR Netherlands, 400,000 people will have an accelerated turn for a vaccination appointment. According to the GGD, it is not necessary to wait for the invitation letter. People receive the vaccine from BioNTech / Pfizer or Moderna, the RIVM says.

Until yesterday, 7.1 million injections have been taken in the Netherlands, according to the government’s corona dashboard. That is an estimate. The reported number of injections at the GGDs is 4.7 million. That number does not include the vaccinations that have been performed in hospitals and general practitioners, among others.

11:00 am – Rotterdam ready for corona proof Eurovision Song Contest
Today is the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. The participating artists are dropped off one by one by boat at the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, after which they are interviewed. Poland signed up for the ceremony yesterday at the last minute due to contamination in the delegation. In any case, the Eurovision Song Contest is going differently this year, due to the corona pandemic.


Scientists argue that “peculiar” results of Russian …


Test subjects who suddenly no longer appear in the study, research goals that were adjusted in the meantime without any explanation and sums that are simply not correct. An international team of scientists is openly questioning the “peculiar” research results of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Source: The Lancet


Three people died in Bashkortostan per day from COVID-19 :: Bashkortostan :: RBK

Photo: RBK Ufa

Three people have died from coronavirus infection over the past day in Bashkiria. In total, 488 people have become victims of the coronavirus in the republic, according to the regional headquarters for combating COVID-19.

During the day, 92 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected, a total of 36,860 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in the republic. 34,522 people recovered, 105 of them – in the last day.

As RBC Ufa reported, vaccination against coronavirus continues in Bashkiria. Residents of the republic who were vaccinated from infection were allowed to attend graduation in kindergartens and schools, an exception was also made for citizens with contraindications to the drug and those who had suffered from COVID-19. To draw attention to the vaccination campaign, the Ufa authorities announced a drawing of a one-room apartment and 10 smartphones among those vaccinated.


Loss of smell in COVID-19: cause identified – healing practice

Mechanisms of short and long-term anosmia in COVID-19 deciphered

Loss of the sense of smell, or anosmia, is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19. However, it has so far remained unclear which mechanisms the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 uses to cause the loss of smell. This has now been clarified in a current study.

Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, the CNRS, the Inserm, the Université de Paris and the Paris Public Hospital Network (AP-HP) have investigated the mechanisms that can lead to short-term and long-term anosmia when infected with SARS-CoV-2. Persistent inflammation of the epithelium and the olfactory nervous system are the main causes. The corresponding study results were published in the journal “Science Translational Medicine”

Many people with non-respiratory symptoms

Although COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is primarily a respiratory disease, many sufferers also show non-respiratory symptoms. This includes a sudden loss of smell in people. However, the specific cause for this remained unclear.

For example, it was suspected that temporary edema of the olfactory fissures inhibits the flow of air that transports odor molecules to the olfactory neurons (the well-known feeling of a stuffy nose that occurs with a cold) triggers the loss of smell, the researchers explain.

Mechanisms of COVID-19-related anosmia analyzed

In the current study, the research team has now analyzed the causal mechanisms of COVID-19-related anosmia based on examinations of COVID-19 sufferers and supplementary tests in an animal model. According to this, SARS-CoV-2 infects sensory neurons and causes inflammation of the epithelium and the olfactory nervous system. In addition, persistent inflammation of the epithelium and the olfactory nervous system as well as a permanent presence of the virus in the olfactory epithelium can be detected in those affected with long-term anosmia.

Furthermore, in the course of the SARS-CoV-2 infection, a chronological sequence of the following points is involved in the anosmia:

  1. Cilia carried by sensory neurons are lost. These cilia enable sensory neurons to receive olfactory molecules;
  2. Virus spread in sensory neurons;
  3. Disruption of the integrity of the olfactory epithelium (sense organ), associated with apoptosis (cell death);
  4. Virus spread in the olfactory bulb, which is the first cerebral relay station in the olfactory system;
  5. Inflammation and viral RNA in different regions of the brain.

“We have observed that SARS-CoV-2 not only infects the sensory neurons, but also the olfactory nerve and the olfactory nerve centers in the brain,” explains Pierre-Marie Lledo from the Pasteur Institute.

“According to our results, the loss of olfactory sense in COVID-19 can persist for several months in some patients, and this persistence of clinical symptoms can be attributed to the persistence of the virus and the inflammation in the olfactory mucosa,” added Marc Lecuit, head of the department for infection biology at the Pasteur Institute.

Gateway to the brain

In addition, an important finding of the study is that the infection of the olfactory neurons could represent a gateway for the viruses to the brain, which is also a possible explanation for why some sufferers have various psychological (anxiety disorders, depression) and neurological complaints (cognitive impairments, susceptibility) for the development of a neurodegenerative disease).

Effects on the test

Another unexpected result of the study was that “nasopharyngeal swabs with standard RT-qPCR can test negative, even if the virus is still present in the back of the nasal cavity, in the olfactory epithelium,” reports the research team. This must be taken into account when testing those affected with loss of smell. (fp)

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This text complies with the requirements of specialist medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical professionals.


  • Guilherme Dias de Melo, Françoise Lazarini, Sylvain Levallois, Charlotte Hautefort, Vincent Michel, Florence Larrous, Benjamin Verillaud, Caroline Aparicio, Sebastien Wagner, Gilles Gheusi, Lauriane Kergoat, Etienne Kornobis, Flora Donati, Thomas Cokelaer, Rémi Hervochon, Yoann Madec, Emmanuel Roze, Dominique Salmon, Hervé Bourhy, Marc Lecuit, Pierre-Marie Lledo: COVID-19-related anosmia is associated with viral persistence and inflammation in human olfactory epithelium and brain infection in hamsters; in: Science Translational Medicine (veröffentlicht 03.05.2021), sciencemag.org
  • Institut Pasteur: COVID-19: Discovery of the mechanisms of short- and long-term anosmia (veröffentlicht 12.05.2021), pasteur.fr

Important NOTE:
This article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.


River Plate deprived of 15 players who tested positive for coronavirus to face Boca

There are better conditions for entering a hot derby. River Plate must do without 15 players who tested positive for Covid-19 to face its great rival, Boca Juniors, in the quarter-finals of the Argentine League Cup this Sunday, the team coached by Marcelo Gallardo announced on Saturday.

The reserve keeper called

The team is deprived of at least seven holders. Above all, his four goalkeepers are among the infected players: the international holder Franco Armani and his liners Enrique Bologna, German Lux and Franco Petroli. Gallardo urgently summoned Leonardo Diaz, 21, replacing with the reserve.

In 2021, River had so far only been deprived of three players due to the coronavirus. The Millionaires club now hopes not to suffer further forfeits for this reason, because it must play two important Copa Libertadores matches in the coming days, in an already very sensitive context.


Coronavirus pandemic. Most relevant for May 17 :: Society :: RBC

FAS has agreed on the maximum cost of the fourth Russian vaccine, in St. Petersburg there is a surge in the incidence, in Turkey the lockdown is canceled. The main news about the coronavirus is in the RBC review


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Situation in Russia

In Russia, over the past day, 9328 new cases of coronavirus infection were diagnosed, the operational headquarters said. The total number of cases exceeded 4.94 million. 4.5 million people recovered (plus 7181 per day), more than 116 thousand died (plus 340 per day).