Last month, Robert R Redfield, the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that the completion of general vaccine distribution and the return of ‘regular life’ is probably not realistic until mid-2021.
With vaccine expectations still unclear, news reports suggest that India is buying 100 million doses of Covid vaccine Sputnik V from Russia with an agreement signed between Russian Direct Investment Fund and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. Sputnik V has made Russia the first country to claim a breakthrough in developing a vaccine for Covid-19. Many other developers-Pfizer Inc, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca-Oxford University, Novavax and Moderna-have trials over the next few weeks.
But a new dimension to the rising post-Covid complications has made all look for a fast procurement of a vaccine. A case in point is the Union home minister Amit Shah’s return to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi after he complained of fatigue and body ache-four days after he tested negative for coronavirus in September. Veteran Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi was also admitted to the ICU in September after his blood oxygen level drastically went down in post-Covid-19 complications. The 85-year-old had tested positive for the virus in August.
Medical experts and doctors have stressed on the magnitude of the disease, which was earlier restricted to the lungs, but has now turned into a multi-system disease affecting the body. In July, Natalie Lambert, research professor of medicine at Indiana University in the US, warned against complications such as extreme fatigue, breathlessness and hair loss. The CDC in the US reported its own survey results a few weeks later and acknowledged that at least 35% of those surveyed had not returned to their usual state of health.
Mild yet critical
While most people have relatively mild and manageable symptoms, those with illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease are more at risk. Major complications include a condition known as cytokine release syndrome, where an infection triggers the immune system to flood the bloodstream with inflammatory proteins called cytokines, which can kill tissue and damage organs, including lungs, heart and kidneys. Other complications include acute respiratory failure, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), acute liver, cardiac or kidney injury, septic shock and disseminated intravascular coagulation.
The younger populace might suffer from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) or paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PMIS) with symptoms like fever, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, headache and confusion.
Talking about the sub-acute morbidities, NITI Aayog member and head of the national task force on Covid-19, VK Paul explained in a news briefing: “Post-Covid sub-acute morbidities are a new dimension. Scientific and medical communities are keeping an eye on it.”
The acute insult in Covid-19 is systemic and it may progress to involve other systems. Comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, coronary artery disease and chronic liver disease (CLD) co-exist in the general population, more so in the middle-aged
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Giuliana Rancic has given an update on her and her family’s coronavirus recovery, weeks after first announcing she tested positive.
The longtime E! host, 46, shared a photo on her Instagram page for Breast Cancer Awareness month on Friday and a fan commented asking, “How are you feeling from the Covid?”
“We are through it and all better now,” Rancic replied. “Thank you for asking. We appreciate it.”
Rancic revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 in the preliminary testing required by E! and parent company NBCUniversal prior to the Emmy Awards in September. Rancic announced her absence from the awards show red carpet with a video filmed from her home, in which she also said her husband Bill Rancic, 49, and their son Duke, 8, tested positive.
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“Hey, everyone. As I go into my 20th year on the E! red carpet I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly, but unfortunately, this year is just so different,” Rancic said in the video. “As part of E! and NBCUniversal’s very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for COVID-19. Now as much as I didn’t want to hear that, I’m very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people. So for that, I’m thankful.”
Rancic continued, “As far as my health, I’m doing well. My husband Bill and our son also did test positive, but we’re all doing well and taking care of each other so I’m going to get back to doing that. But I just want to say I’m wishing you all the best and please protect yourselves and protect those around you. Take good care and I’ll see you on the next red carpet.”
In an appearance on The Doctors shortly after, Bill sat down with Dr. Ian Smith for his first broadcast interview about his coronavirus diagnosis, sharing details about how he and his family were coping.
Bill Rancic The Doctors Exclusive Clip
In the exclusive clip, Bill Rancic discusses COVID-19 diagnosis on The Doctors.
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Bill admitted that the news of diagnosis came as a shock as the family of three has been quarantined together in Idaho since March, taking precautions to stay healthy during the pandemic.
“Shockingly me, Giuliana and our son Duke, we all tested positive, needless to say we were rather shocked because we were all so cautious wiping every package down,” Rancic said, adding, “We got it while we were in seclusion which tells you anyone can get it … this is not a joke.”
“I had some respiratory symptoms and a little bit of body aches …” he added, before noting that Giuliana, who has a history of breast cancer, had milder symptoms. “Fortunately her