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COVID's Longer-Lasting Consequences

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There's "long COVID," defined as cases in which people experience new, returning or ongoing health problems more than four weeks after first being infected with SARS-CoV-2, and there's the longer, lingering, broader effects on just about everybody else.

In a new study published in Lancet, researchers describe the pandemic's uneven toll. The disease killed more men than women and disproportionately affected people of color. Compared to men and boys, women were more likely to lose their jobs and do unpaid caretaking; women and girls were more likely to drop out of school; and women were more likely to report domestic violence.

"The further we progress in this pandemic, the more we feel that the inequities being exacerbated are only going to worsen, and that any pre-pandemic progress towards gender equality will be reversed," the study authors wrote.

Body of Knowledge

The average human adult is comprised of approximately 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms. However, these atoms are mostly empty space. If compressed into solid matter, your body would fit into a cube less than 1/500th or 0.002 of a centimeter on each side. For comparison, common dice are usually 1.6 centimeters of 0.63 inch on each side.

Get Me That, Stat!

 

In its latest survey (data from 2017-2018), the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics reported 3.4 million visits to emergency departments for people injured in motor vehicle crashes. The greatest proportion were people age 15 to 24; and the region with the largest percentage was the South.

Mark Your Calendar

April is official awareness month for irritable bowel syndrome (like anyone can ignore that), autism, facial protection, sarcoidosis, oral and testicular cancers, Parkinson's disease, sexually transmitted diseases and stress, which may be incurred from reading this list.

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