A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine has found that people infected with the coronavirus are much more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than those who have never been infected.
Millions of American COVID-19 patients have battled the long-term effects of COVID since the pandemic began, dubbed “long COVID.”
Symptoms of “long haul” can include fatigue and anxiety, brain fog, joint or chest pain, unexplained changes in blood pressure, dizziness, diarrhea, and nausea.
The Nature Medicine article focuses on cardiovascular disease, using data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs to study more than 150,000 veterans who contracted COVID up to a year after recovery.
Researchers found those with COVID infection were more likely to have inflammatory heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure, clotting and other cardiovascular symptoms compared to those who had never been infected. .
Those who contracted COVID were more than 60% more likely to develop a heart problem.
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►The number of new coronavirus cases worldwide fell 21% last week, marking the third consecutive week of declines in COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organization announced on Tuesday.
►Queen Elizabeth II has canceled scheduled online engagements on Tuesday because she is still experiencing mild cold symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19, Buckingham Palace said.
📈Today’s numbers: The United States has had more than 78.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 938,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 427.4 million cases and over 5.9 million deaths. More than 215 million Americans — 64.8% — are fully immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
📘 What we read: The CDC has found 21 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adolescents who received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although the report may seem worrisome at first, experts say further analysis of the data highlights the importance of COVID vaccination in children and adolescents, as most cases were in those who did not. were not considered fully vaccinated.
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National Guard troops likely to deploy for DC truck convoys
After an unprecedented weekend of Canadian police action to disperse protesters against COVID-19 restrictions in the nation’s capital, the US National Guard is planning to send hundreds of troops to prepare for protesters in Washington.
Convoys of truckers have planned to protest pandemic restrictions such as mask mandates and vaccines starting next week. Canadian police arrested nearly 200 people on Friday and Saturday as they cleared the streets after weeks of protests.
Convoys planning to enter the DC area are modeled after their Canadian counterparts, according to organizers’ websites. The American convoys all have different departure points and scheduled departure dates.
A Pentagon official told The Associated Press that 700 to 800 unarmed members of the National Guard must be approved to help direct traffic in Washington. The White House also said it was monitoring the situation as truckers could arrive in the days leading up to and on the day of President Joe Biden’s scheduled March 1 State of the Union address to Congress.
— Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY
Contributor: The Associated Press