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Researchers Develop A Robot That Uses UVC Light To Disinfect Warehouses – Ubergizmo

Bacteria and viruses aren’t new, but if there is anything that the coronavirus pandemic has taught us, it is how easily transmittable some of them are, and how important practicing good hygiene is. While it is possible that one day the coronavirus will be a t…

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Voting in Singapore’s election has been extended after coronavirus infection control measures led to long queues and delays at polling stations.

Voting is mandatory in the affluent city-state but many fretted about the risks as they lined up in masks for as long as an hour to cast their ballots on Friday, with jobs at the top of their agenda as the pandemic threatens to cause Singapore’s worst recession.

The People’s Action Party (PAP), in power since…



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‘This is real’: coronavirus long-hauler’s months of agony – SBS News

Increasing numbers of COVID-19 victims are being affected by a mysterious post-virus illness.

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Child psychiatrist Scott Krakower tested positive for COVID-19 back in mid-April, but three months on there are still days he feels overwhelmingly tired, short of breath, and unable to speak because of a hoarse throat.
The 40-year-old New Yorker is among a wave of patients being referred to as “long-haulers,” whose recovery period extends far beyond the two or so weeks that are the average length of the illness.
He told AFP there are days he encounters “self-scepticism,” wondering if the symptoms he’s going through are real and he should be back at work – until, for example, he takes a walk and his parents or wife who are on the phone with him notice he’s gasping.
This phenomenon is attributed to a mysterious post-viral illness that is still poorly understood – but increasingly reported by patients, who are sharing their experiences online in forums like the Long Covid Support Group on Facebook with more than 5,000 members.
“Just when I think I’m on a roll and have like three or four good days, I’ll have about three or four hours where again I can’t speak or my lymph node starts swelling on the right side of my neck,” Mr Krakower said in a video interview from his home in Long Island.
Mr Krakower was working as the unit chief of the psychiatry department of Zucker Hillside Hospital during New York’s coronavirus epidemic, which is where he suspects he became infected.
First came the loss of smell and taste, where “everything tasted like rubber”, then a troubling cough that prevented him from teleworking, before he started losing his voice entirely.
Around three-and-a-half weeks in, alongside a high fever and chills, he began coughing so violently blood came out. He lost the ability to swallow and his voice became high-pitched.
That’s when he wound up an emergency room, where physician Robert Glatter treated his laryngitis with the steroid dexamethasone to reduce the swelling.
 Post-viral phase 
“The swelling that he was experiencing was from post viral inflammation that happened weeks after the virus and it’s the immunologic phase weeks after that we get concerned about,” said Mr Glatter.
Out of caution, Mr Krakower quarantined himself from his wife and two small children for a total of five weeks, which was especially hard on the family.
His daughter Hazel is two while his son Evan was only four-months-old at the time, and their only means of communication was FaceTime, which Mr Krawkower used to “join” the family for dinner or try to read his toddler bedtime stories. 
“I didn’t really want anybody to go through what I went through,” he said, adding that he still gets emotional now thinking about it. His isolation period ended after two negative tests.
Mr Glatter, his doctor, said Mr Krakower’s ongoing fatigue is similar to what has been documented in other illnesses that cause chronic fatigue syndrome.
Scientists aren’t quite sure why this happens, but, said Mr Glatter, it might relate to an injury to a part of our cells called mitochondria, which are responsible for generating energy.
Mr Krakower says that he was initially anxious to get back to work and to his life, but now “I’m really happy I took the time, and I continue to because each week that has gone by has been such a big difference”.
Mr Glatter emphasised it was important for people experiencing these ongoing symptoms not to succumb to “medical gaslighting” where other people or the patients’ themselves attribute the illness to anxiety.
“This is real,” he said.  “This is not in people’s heads. This is what people live every day, what they post online. 
“People are having therapy sessions because it’s affecting their lives in such a way that they can’t function as they normally would.”
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Pathologist found blood clots on COVID patients in ‘almost every organ’ during autopsies – 7NEWS.com.au

Autopsies on people who died of the coronavirus are helping doctors understand how the disease affects the body.

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Autopsies on people who died of the coronavirus are helping doctors understand how the disease affects the body.
One of the most remarkable findings relates to blood clotting, a pathologist says.
Dr Amy Rapkiewicz, the chairman of the department of pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center, spoke to Erin Burnett on CNN on Thursday night.
Some COVID-19 patients are known to develop blood clotting issues, but the degree and the extent to which that occurs was described as dramatic by Rapkiewicz.
In the early stages of the pandemic, bedside clinicians noticed a lot of blood clotting in lines and various large vessels, she said.
What we saw at autopsy was sort of an extension of that, she said.
The clotting was not only in the large vessels but also in the smaller vessels.
And this was dramatic because though we might have expected it in the lungs, we found it in almost every organ that we looked at in our autopsy study, she said.
Rapkiewiczs study outlining her findings was published at the end of June in The Lancet journal EClinicalMedicine.
The autopsies also showed something unusual about megakaryocytes or large bone marrow cells.
They usually dont circulate outside the bones and lungs, Rapkiewicz said.
We found them in the heart and the kidneys and the liver and other organs, she said.
Notably in the heart, megakaryocytes produce something called platelets that are intimately involved in blood clotting.
Researchers hope to discover how these cells influence small vessel clotting in COVID-19, she said.
Pathologists have been surprised by something they didnt find.
During early stages of the pandemic, doctors thought the virus would provoke inflammation in the heart with myocarditis, she said.
But autopsies have found very low incidents of myocarditis, Rapkiewicz said.
She said that one of the opportunities — if there is one to count in the virus is that pathologists have had a chance to examine the organs of many COVID-19 victims and investigate the disease processes that take place.
She said that opportunity really wasnt available with H1N1 or the original SARS outbreak.
In the video below, Daniel Andrews provides COVID update
The Victorian premier announced the state’s new coronavirus cases.

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