And we start with the new symptoms, as hair loss, persistent insomnia, memory problems, skin rashes, heart problems, increased anxiety and others, are among the unusual symptoms reported by some of those who have been infected with the Coronavirus, and sometimes it comes to the persistence of these symptoms from weeks to several months.
The German news agency quoted newspaper “Chicago Tribune” (chicagotribune) that among the owners of these cases, a patient named Julie Shashavan Horn, who was transferred to the hospital in early April after being infected with Covid-19, and at that time showed some flu-like symptoms associated with the virus since its discovery, which is a fever Severe cough and shortness of breath.
Then came a series of unusual symptoms that she was exposed to and did not suffer from before she was infected with the emerging coronavirus.
Julie, 51, described her feeling a strange burning sensation in the soles of her feet, as if she was walking on coals, and two weeks after leaving the hospital, she began to notice that she had experienced a strange confusion in her memory, as she – inexplicably – forgot the phone numbers and simple routine facts that she could By remembering it easily.
Then, during the summer, she began to suffer from great hair loss, as she says, “I used to suffer from different symptoms every day … and I was wondering, what is this?”
As medical experts and scientists struggle to understand the characteristics of the new virus, some patients report a large variety of symptoms that differ from what are included in the official lists issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other major health authorities, according to what the newspaper said.
And these symptoms often seem to appear or fade without warning, and sometimes they continue for months after it is assumed that those infected with the virus have recovered from it.
Earlier in the outbreak of the epidemic, most medical efforts were focused on keeping patients alive and easing the burden in overcrowded hospitals.
However, Natalie Lambert, an assistant research professor at Indiana University School of Medicine who studies the long-term health consequences of Covid-19 disease, said that there is an increasing need in the current period for research on the long-term health status of those who have survived the virus, but It doesn’t look like they have fully recovered.
A potential boom in a remote area
And we move to Chile, where scientists are studying a possible mutation of the emerging corona virus in southern Patagonia, a remote region near the far south of the continent of South America, which has witnessed an unusually second wave of infection in the past few weeks.
Dr. Marcelo Navaretti of the University of Magallan – in an interview with Reuters – said that the researchers discovered “structural changes” in the protrusions of the virus that characterize its coronary shape, and added that research is underway to better understand the potential mutation and its effects on humans.
“The only thing we know so far is that this coincides in time and space with a second, very severe wave in the region,” he added.
The Magalan region in Chile is – to a large extent – a remote wilderness region full of glaciers, interspersed with small towns and the Punta Arenas region, which witnessed a rise in Covid-19 cases in September and October, after the first wave this year.
Hospitals are close to full occupancy in the hard-hit area, and Chilean Ministry of Health officials said they have begun transferring patients from the area to the capital, Santiago.
Other studies outside Chile have also indicated that the Corona virus can evolve while adapting to its human hosts.
A preliminary study that analyzed the structure of the virus after two waves of infection in the American city of Houston concluded that a highly contagious strain dominated the modern samples.
Navaretti acknowledged that similar mutations have occurred elsewhere, but said that the relative isolation and harsh climate in the cold and windy Magallan region may have exacerbated the effects of the infection.
Scientists say that the mutations may make the virus more capable of infection, but they do not necessarily make it more deadly, nor do they necessarily prevent the effectiveness of any possible vaccine.
Professor Jean-Daniel Leliever – who is director of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Immunology at the Henri Mondor Hospital in Creteil, who specializes in immunology and in vaccines in development – says that the immune system is the result of multiple reactions, so there are many immune responses that differ from person to person.
Lilifer said -V Interview Conducted by the French lepoint magazine – immunity is what defends us against external aggressions that we constantly face.
The immune system prevents our body from attacking healthy components, even some bacteria that we live with, such as the microbes in our digestive system. In addition, it is able to defend us against external infectious agents such as Corona virus, so we must understand that the immune system differs from one person to another.
And about the reason why some people get sick and not others, and whether this is due to differences in the immune system, the professor spoke about things, including that there are differences among the population, which means that the proteins on the surface of cells differ from person to person. These differences are slight, but they can affect the effectiveness of the immune system.
He added that many people are surprised that women can contract Covid-19 disease less severely, but for immunologists this is nothing new.
In addition, there are a large number of immunity genes in the “X” chromosome (X) (a woman has two “XX” chromosome, while a man has one “XY” chromosome). This may explain – in particular – that women have fewer infections and respond better to vaccines in general.
In asking the newspaper about any practices that can help strengthen the immune system, the professor notes that “if you have a healthy lifestyle, your immune system will be better. We can observe that with the Covid-19 epidemic.”
In contrast, obesity and diabetes can increase susceptibility to infection with the Coronavirus and more severe forms of the disease.
Also, when we are infected, we may not respond optimally. Although it is clear that no specific food increases the functioning of the immune system, conditions that do not appear to be directly related to the disease – such as being overweight or cardiovascular disease – present a problem with the quality of the immune response.
As for external factors such as lack of exposure to sunlight, the professor mentioned that the rising sun plays an indirect role in this case. Vitamin D is known to be important for a number of cells in the immune system, but if you take it, it will not make your immune system superhuman. However, his absence could affect him negatively.
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