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More May Mean Long

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For a small but troubling number of people who get COVID-19, the symptoms do not pass after just a couple of weeks. They persist, often for months, perhaps longer. A new study suggests one way to predict who might be a long-hauler is the number of symptoms that manifest in the early days, such as fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, fever, cough, hoarse voice and muscle pain.

The study found that the more symptoms reported in the first week of illness, the more likely those problems would persist. Long-haulers also tended to be older, female and require a hospital assessment.

Twin Peaks

Since the 1980s, the number of twin births around the world has jumped by one-third, from 9 out of 100,000 births to 12 out of 100,000. Part of the reason is due to greater use of medically assisted reproduction techniques and the older age of mothers, both of which make twins more likely.

Body of Knowledge

The human skeleton renews itself completely every 10 years.

 

Get Me That, Stat!

Pandemic precautions, such as masking and distancing, are a necessary nuisance, but they do produce benefits beyond reducing COVID-19 transmission and infection. Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare, polio-like syndrome in children. In 2018, there were 238 documented cases. Due to COVID-19-related prevention measures, the number of confirmed cases in 2020 was just 29.

Stories for the Waiting Room

In a newly released survey of almost 4 million nurses, published in JAMA Network, 1 in 10 said they quit their careers prematurely. For nearly one-third, the reason was burnout from working in a stressful environment with inadequate staffing, not the actual tasks they performed.

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