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  1. Researchers are saying now that having received many vaccinations for other things (flu, pneumonia, hepatitis, etc, etc) could very well be providing people with extra immunity against Covid as a result of immune system training from the vaccines. It seems we focus so much on the negative news with Covid that we often ignore any positive news. Lots of reasons to be optimistic that the battle against Covid will be won. Several promising vaccines in the works, artificial antibodies being developed, T-cell cross reactivity, a stronger immune system from other vaccines, etc... we have lots of reasons to be optimistic right now. Maybe we can try to focus just a little bit on these and not so much on the negatives?
  2. I think the Ohio governor testing positive then negative in the same day is just a ploy by the right to try to discredit the accuracy of testing. And it happens the same day the commander in chief himself was set to meet with the governor. How’s that for a conspiracy theory?
  3. Let’s not forget there are people who believe contrails from airplanes are actually chem-trails purposely being exhaled from airplanes as some giant government agenda to purposely poison humans. It’s not unreasonable to expect to come across people who believe Covid is some big conspiracy.
  4. I was of the mindset that a 6-week nationwide shutdown starting back in March would of stopped this thing in its tracks. Now, I think that would of just delayed the inevitable. Even with a 6-week shutdown back then, the virus was still going to be lurking in small pockets just waiting to pounce when things reopened. I think a nationwide mask mandate should of been issued back in March regardless of a shutdown, but we were in denial masks were effective in stopping the spread. So here we are in August with the virus still going strong nationwide. If there is any good news that we didn’t have back in March, that is many more people appear to be asymptomatic or having only mild symptoms then what was originally feared. Yes, the number of dead is still way too high, but the overall death rate appears to be much lower than originally feared. The discovery of T-cell cross reactivity meaning many people will be asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms is huge. And the progress on vaccines that appear to offer a high immunity is very encouraging. We probably got another 6-12 months of restrictions, mask-wearing, etc, before things improve.
  5. But how many people testing positive are getting examinations by doctors or nurses? Because of the overload of positive cases, a lot of the asymptomatic and mild symptom people aren’t even being examined by a doctor. They are simply being asked over the phone how they feel. For accurate research purposes, especially when trying to determine possible lung damage in supposably asymptomatic people, they will need to be thoroughly examined upon testing positive to fully determine if they truly are asymptomatic. It will also be very beneficial to give all asymptomatic people CT scans of the lungs upon a positive test for Covid to get a picture of the lungs at the onset of the virus in their bodies.
  6. Also, how can doctors be sure a patient is asymptomatic or just not being completely honest about how they're feeling, maybe out of fear or denial? I know, a bit of irrational thinking, but being asymptomatic is only reliable for research if a person is being completely honest and not trying to hide symptoms out of fear. It's also important to distinguish between lung inflammation and lung damage. I had a nasty case of bacterial pneumonia in both my lungs 16 years ago. The pneumonia led to pleurisy in both lungs. No doubt I had serious lung inflammation, but 4.5 months after the illness I was back to running long distances with no lung deterioration. In fact, other than some slight scarring from the pleurisy that caused very mild discomfort in my right lung for up to a few years, my lung (and heart) function was normal. When I think of lung damage, I think of smokers and those breathing in toxic amounts of chemicals or air pollutants regularly. We simply have no way of determining right now if Covid patients are suffering long term lung damage or if it's just short term inflammation. And if any damage is occurring along side preexisting lung issues from smoking to pollutants, etc. It will take years to research and understand any long term damage. The bottom line again is playing it safe until we understand far better what Covid is doing, or if what we are seeing in asymptomatic people is common with other coronaviruses but just never researched as extensively as Covid-19 is being (as the articles you posted state).
  7. I think this quote from the first article sums it up: “Still, Taylor-Cousar cautions that researchers are studying the new coronavirus more intensively than they've studied other respiratory ailments. "Usually if someone is asymptomatic [with a common cold or flu virus], we would never even see them at all," she says, "and we would never think to get a CT scan on them." So there's no comparable data to say whether the lung abnormalities are specific to asymptomatic coronavirus carriers, or common among respiratory viruses.” In other words, is lung inflammation / damage specific to asymptomatic Covid patients or a common side effect of many viruses?
  8. Plus, researchers believe that in some high-population areas that have already been hit hard, that as many as 25 times as many people (who tested positive) may have already had the virus. Lots of asymptomatic and very mild case people haven't even been tested or had an antibody test (which are said not to be highly accurate). Obviously the virus is still very serious and thus needs to continue be taken seriously. But the reality is many of those very sick and dying have a combination of things working against them. They are either weak and elderly, smokers, diabetic, obese, or a combination of these and other factors. I have to wonder if those "perfectly healthy" individuals who fell very sick with the virus don't have a genetic disposition of some kind to coronaviruses where it affects them more severely than others? Kind of like how some people are miserable with just a common cold while others feel very little. There are just so many variables at play, so until we understand them all, the best approach is still to social distance and wear a face mask.
  9. I had posted the same link. I think it’s big news that I’m surprised isn’t getting more attention. The theory being many people may already have immunity to Covid from T-cell cross reactivity. I’m not sure immunity is the correct term, though, since a person can still contract / spread the virus. It’s just they are either asymptomatic or have just mild symptoms. As stated in the study, most people have been exposed to other coronaviruses already in their lifetimes. Even though Covid-19 is new, it still shares similar qualities with its family of other coronaviruses, thus those bodies previously infected with these other coronaviruses are better able to defend themselves against Covid-19.
  10. Fascinating article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/30/health/t-cells-coronavirus-study-wellness/index.html The T-cell cross-reactivity thing could explain why so many people are asymptomatic or have only mild cases. After all, most of us have already been exposed to other coronaviruses (common cold) in our lifetimes.
  11. I don’t think they stopped. Covid sex is
  12. I guess another question is how does this result compare against other coronaviruses and influenza viruses, as well as viral and bacterial pneumonias? Do some people experience a short-term heart inflammation with these other viruses? Does is damage the heart long-term? Surely there is well-documented research here? Also, why do some people experience myocardial inflammation with Covid and others don't despite both groups having only mild symptoms? Again, I'm not at all trying to minimize the potential impact of Covid. The virus is just so new and we have such limited research into any long-term effects.
  13. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing right now about lasting impact since the virus is so new. It will take years before any thorough and conclusive research can be achieved. Is it possible some of the 78% had some damage / inflammation beforehand? Sure it is. Allergies, for example, can cause severe inflammation in the body, including the heart. Were all 78% non-smokers, too? I’m not trying to minimize Covid because I’m on your side about taking it seriously and mask wearing, etc But some of these reports seem to be jumping the gun and playing into the hands of those wanting to create mass hysteria over the virus.
  14. True, but how do they know the person didn’t have some damage / inflammation before contracting Covid without having tested them prior? Frankly, I won’t be surprised if it is learned without doubt that Covid can damage the heart to some extent. That’s why being cautious is so important right now until we learn all we can about the virus.
  15. When I had a severe case of bacterial pneumonia (brought on by a lingering viral infection) back in 2004, I was knocked on my butt for two months, but not sure if my heart suffered any long-term damage. I do know 4.5 months after the pneumonia I was back to running a half-marathon at my normal pace and felt fine. My lung and heart capacity felt normal. Several years later I had an echocardiogram done and it was normal. The bottom line again is that it’s way too soon to be determining that Covid is permanently damaging the heart and other organs as some news reports have indicated. That will require extensive research over thousands of Covid patients.