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Covid-19 causes sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say

Covid-19 causes sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say

Doctors warn coronavirus might cause sudden strokes in young adults

The new coronavirus appears to be causing sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are not otherwise terribly ill, doctors reported Wednesday.

New York doctors are warning that the coronavirus may cause sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are not severely sick.

The doctors at Mount Sinai Health System believe there is growing evidence that COVID-19 can cause the blood to clot in unusual ways, resulting in an uptick in strokes among patients who don’t typically suffer from them, CNN reported

“The virus seems to be causing increased clotting in the large arteries, leading to severe stroke,” neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Oxley told CNN.

Oxley and his colleagues said they typically record fewer than two strokes per month from people under the age of 50, but in a two-week period during the pandemic they treated five.

Their findings are to be published in a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Our report shows a seven-fold increase in incidence of sudden stroke in young patients during the past two weeks,” he added.

“Most of these patients have no past medical history and were at home with either mild symptoms (or in two cases, no symptoms) of COVID.

“All tested positive. Two of them delayed calling an ambulance.”

The report could be particularly troubling in New York, where officials have advised against calling 911 unless they come down with severe symptoms, like difficulty breathing, in order to not further overwhelm already inundated EMS.

Some, meanwhile, have been reluctant to visit a hospital in fear that they might catch the virus there.

Oxley said his team urged people to watch themselves for symptoms of coronavirus and to call 911 if they believe they’ve suffered a stroke.

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5-year-old daughter of Detroit first responders dies of coronavirus
5-year-old daughter of Detroit first responders dies of coronavirus

‘It’s coming for you’: Detroit 5-year-old dies of coronavirus; parents try to warn others

The 5-year-old daughter of two first responders has died in Michigan after a coronavirus infection left her likely brain-dead on a ventilator, her family says.

Little Skylar Herbert first complained a month ago about bad headaches — with COVID-19 causing a form of meningitis that caused swelling of her brain, her parents told the Detroit News.

“We decided to take her off the ventilator today because her improvement had stopped, the doctors told us that it was possible she was brain-dead,” her mother, LaVondria Herbert, told the paper Sunday.

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“We basically just knew she wasn’t coming back to us,” said the 46-year-old mom, a Detroit cop for 25 years.

Skylar had initially tested positive for strep throat on March 23, with her pediatrician sending her home with antibiotics. But her parents took her to the ER after she stayed up “crying all night and saying the headache would not go away,” her mom recalled.

Skylar’s oxygen levels were fine, and she didn’t display any signs of respiratory distress, but she was diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis due to complications from COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus. On April 3, doctors put Skylar on a ventilator as a precaution.

“So even the doctors were baffled, but they really reached out and tried to find something to do to help her,” LaVondria Herbert said.

Skylar died Sunday with her parents — as well as the doctors and nurses of the pediatric intensive care unit who looked after her — surrounding her.

“You have doctors out here trying and nurses out here trying,” Ebbie Herbert said. “And they get attached. They were crying, too. It’s hard on everybody.”

“The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy,” Beaumont Hospital said in a statement. “We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child. We extend our deepest sympathy to Skylar’s family and all others who have lost a loved one to this virus.”

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Lions seem to be enjoying the empty roads of South Africa’s Kruger National Park with all the humans in lockdown |Coronavirus Pandemic

Lions seem to be enjoying the empty roads of South Africa’s Kruger National Park with all the humans in lockdown |Coronavirus Pandemic

WITH SOUTH AFRICA ON LOCKDOWN, THE LIONS ARE TAKING IT VERY EASY
WITH SOUTH AFRICA ON LOCKDOWN, THE LIONS ARE TAKING IT VERY EASY
Lions nap on road during South African lockdown
Lions nap on road during South African lockdown

Big cats nap on road in South Africa amid lockdown

Whether it’s goats in Wales or wild boar in Italy, animals around the world appear to be adjusting well to life without humans during the coronavirus outbreak.

Even lions are enjoying the peace and quiet, a set of new photos from South Africa’s Kruger National Park shows.

Lions and other wild animals have been taking advantage of the peace and quiet in South Africa’s vast Kruger national park as the country’s strict lockdown continues.

On Thursday, park ranger Richard Sowry took photographs of a pride of at least eight lions, including a few young cubs, snoozing on the tarmac just outside one of the park’s rest lodges.

Lions in Kruger National Park have been taking advantage of the quiet roads during lockdown in South Africa. Here you…

Posted by Kruger National Park on Friday, 17 April 2020
Pride of eight lions photographed snoozing on tarmac in Kruger National Park


The images show a pride of lions lounging on a road, seemingly unperturbed by the presence of the photographer, park ranger Richard Sowry.

“This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see,” tweeted Kruger Wednesday. “This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.”

On a normal day, the area would be busy with tourists, but Kruger has been shut since March 25 as part of South Africa’s nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus.

Although visitors are banned, food delivery, fuel provision, security and emergency services as well as wildlife crime operations are continuing, South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement.

“Everybody realises the importance of the lockdown and the rangers are there to do their normal duties,” says media officer Isaac Phaala. “To maintain the infrastructure takes quite a bit of work so that when the park opens, you don’t start from scratch.”

As for the lions, he adds, “normally they would be in the bushes because of the traffic but they are very smart and now they are enjoying the freedom of the park without us”.

But why anyway, you might ask, would lions prefer tarmac to the softness of grass?

Probably for the simple reason that it had been raining on Tuesday night and, as Mr Phaala explained, “The tar was drier than the grass at the time – big cats and water don’t mix.”

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Respiratory therapist with coronavirus gives birth to a daughter while in a medically induced coma

Respiratory therapist with coronavirus gives birth to a daughter while in a medically induced coma

Angela Primachenko discusses the birth of her daughter while she was in a medically induced come.
Angela Primachenko discusses the birth of her daughter while she was in a medically induced coma.

Angela Primachenko was 27 years old, 34 weeks pregnant, and days into a fight against the coronavirus when she made the decision, with the advice of her doctors, to go into a medically induced coma. When she woke up, her belly was flat and her baby was 5 days old.

“That was emotionally unbelievable,” she told CNN. “It was just crazy to have to try to understand what happened the last 10 days, having to puzzle back together your life.”

Vancouver respiratory therapist Angela Primachenko was 33 weeks pregnant when she tested positive for Covid-19 on March 24.

Eight days later she was fighting for her life on a ventilator while in a medically induced coma.

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At the same time, she gave birth to her daughter after doctors at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center induced labor to give Primachenko more of a fighting chance while also protecting her child.

“I feel like I’m a miracle walking,” Primachenko told Sheinelle Jones on TODAY Monday.

Primachenko was taken off the ventilator on April 6, and one look down at her body told her that her baby must have been born.

“Obviously nobody expected that I was going to get that sick, so no, absolutely not, I did not expect to deliver my child,” she said. “After all the medication and everything I just woke up and all of a sudden I didn’t have my belly any more. It was just extremely mind-blowing.”

Primachenko, who was released from the hospital on Saturday, has not yet been able to hold her daughter, Ava, who remains in the neonatal intensive care unit.

She has been able to see her via FaceTime, and her daughter has tested negative for COVID-19.

Primachenko said she has to have two straight tests that show she is negative for COVID-19 before she is allowed in the NICU to be with Ava.

Primachenko said she does not know how she contracted the virus, insisting that she took every precaution to guard against it, and had even stopped working in order to protect herself while pregnant.

Now at home, Primachenko has been able to hug her husband and see her 11-month-old daughter Emily while wearing a mask. 

But Ava is still in the NICU, and Primachenko can’t meet her until she tests negative for the coronavirus.

“I just want to hold her and hug her and love on her and catch up on the first few weeks I missed out on her,” said Primachenko, who also told her story to CNN affiliate KPTV.

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Until then, the mother is relying on her family’s faith, as well as the prayers she received from people she knows — and many she doesn’t — to get her through this season of life.

“I believe because of the community and the people and everyone that believed in me,” she said, “God just did a miracle to have me and my baby be healthy through this.”

New York state virus death toll surpasses 10,000, Governor Cuomo says “worst is over” | Coronavirus Update

New York state virus death toll surpasses 10,000, Governor Cuomo says “worst is over” | Coronavirus Update

US now has more coronavirus deaths than any other country as US overtakes Italy
US now has more coronavirus deaths than any other country as US overtakes Italy

New York state virus death toll surpasses 10,000

New York’s coronavirus death toll topped 10,000 on Monday even as the absence of fresh hot spots in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world yielded a ray of optimism in global efforts against the disease, though a return to normal was unlikely anytime soon.

New York state’s 671 new deaths on Sunday marked the first time in a week that the daily toll dipped below 700.

Almost 2,000 people were newly hospitalized with the virus Sunday, though once discharges and deaths are accounted for, the number of people hospitalized has flattened to just under 19,000.

“This virus is very good at what it does. It is a killer,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday during a state Capitol news briefing.

As the coronavirus throws millions out of work and devastates economies worldwide, governments are struggling with the delicate balance between keeping people safe from a highly contagious disease and making sure they can still make a living or have enough to eat.

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The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, said the city “won’t be able to get this over the finish line, if you will, if we don’t have the supply that the mayor is calling for or the assistance of the federal government.”

Through Sunday afternoon, 462,000 people in New York have been tested for the virus, according to state figures. Of those, nearly 189,000 had tested positive.

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