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Lately there has been news that even mild covid19 infections can cause neurological conditions like psychosis, cognitive dysfunction, paresthesia's like numbness and tingling, and stroke. To me, these reduce to oxygen deprivation symptoms. The latest BA2 (stealth omicron) variant looks to have a R naught factor of 13ish (meaning every person who catches this subvariant of Omicron will likely spread it to 13 people before realizing they're sick - a rate similar to Measles transmission in an unvaccinated population. Furthermore, there are signs that this new variant might do more damage to the lungs, because it creates clumps of infected cells called Syncytia, which form rings, engulf your red blood cells, and eat them. Omicron didn't have the genetic code to cause syncytia, but Delta did, causing more lung damage, and oxygen deprivation symptoms like stroke in patients. Coronavirus: As BA.2 subvariant of Omicron rises, lab studies point to signs of severity (msn.com) Syncytia formation during SARS-CoV-2 lung infection: a disastrous unity to eliminate lymphocytes (nih.gov) If you have had psychosis already, if you have schizophrenia - especially schizophrenia with anemia, or have had a clot or stroke, or have a condition like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, If you have bruises that never disappear, if you were a former smoker, or smoke now, you might be prone to clotting, and there are things you can do to help with prevention. Why Won't Your Bruises Disappear? | New Health Advisor A Guide To Preventing And Treating Blood Clots At Home - HealthPrep.com Preventing Blood Clots - American Blood Clot Association I did take the John's Hopkins free contact tracing course (and passed!) on Coursera at the beginning of the pandemic, and I recall they kept comparing the original SARS Covid19 strain to Measles, repeatedly emphasizing that Covid only had a R naught of about 2 - 4, so it was "manageable". The reason health officials freak out when there's a Measles outbreak, and not as much when there's an Ebola outbreak, is because people feel so ill so fast with Ebola, that they naturally go home, and go to bed - and that makes them spread the disease to fewer people before they recover or die. Measles has a long incubation period with few symptoms, and people spread that disease on average to 12 - 18 people, before they realize they should go home, and go to bed. Lots of named variants of covid so far have increased the R naught. The original strain had an R of about 2 - 4 Alpha had an R of about 5 Delta had an R of around 6 or 7 Omicron has an R of around 10 BA2 (Stealth Omicron) seems to have an R of around 13 I am not an epidemiologist, I'm not even that bright, but this seems to be a pattern that isn't going to end. If you have heard news that the "pandemic" will soon become "endemic", and some areas are looking into whether this is happening very soon, you should be aware that this change is based upon many concrete factors - and the most important factor that can't be changed is that the R needs to be below 1. If the R isn't below 1, then you're still in an epidemic (local emergency), or pandemic (global emergency), no matter what your politicians and the news say, and you should act accordingly. Whether or not you're high risk. I'm in the United States, so my go to source for tracking Covid is the CDC. Their "Covid Tracker" shows that the entire United States is a "High Risk" area, and people should continue to take all the standard precautions they have been recommending for over two years. If your nation is in the red, and your state drops restrictions, that doesn't mean that your nation isn't still in the red, and you don't have to take precautions. It probably just means some voters are cranky, and very vocal. Check with CDC or WHO to get the facts. CDC COVID Data Tracker Because I'm high risk, I think I should be even more careful when the general population becomes careless. So! If you have any other links, or your own ideas about preventing blood clots, please let me know! I'm only getting more concerned, as the virus continues to mutate, and spread.
OK, i'm reaching out to see what some of you think about my memory issues and what may have caused it and will it get better... I will explain what is going on first. I used to be quick with words, but a few years ago I noticed i am having difficulty trying to remember/learn anything new. But if i am hands-on and spend a lot it sinks in. Example: If i have been around a product long enough, i learn all about it by explaining it to customers and hearing others talk. But if i try reading on it or take any training, it just doesn't stick very well at first. I can't say when it actually started, but i noticed it a few years ago when i switched jobs and had to learn some new product. THIS WAS / IS EMBARRASSING to say the least when i get a question. Also, i notice i can't find certain words when trying to explain some things in general...i know that i know what i mean to say, but some words just won't come to the surface...causing a quick stammer to find the word for what i am trying to say...Then a while later, it pops into my head, needless to say, after i don't need it anymore. If i had to explain it, I would say that i feel like when i am trying to write/think that all the words and phrases rush by and don't stick so i can't recall them. My thoughts seem flash by, racing through my brain...kinda like confusion, or thinking too fast. Its like the thoughts are there, but i can't grab them fast enough. If i try to read up on something, its like my eyes dart all over and i don't retain much, if anything, because i seem to be thinking about something else at the same time. HISTORY. I have a long history of anxiety. Probably a little OCD too. Type A personality. I experienced severe Panic Attacks in 1992 that lasted about 6 months. I was put on anti-depressants at the time to help manage. In 1995 i switched to Paxil and a few years ago I tried to taper off to stop, but have come to believe that i am much better off staying on as i feel much better in most every way. I also started on Ativan and Ambien. I have been on Paxil 10MG, Ativan 2MG and Ambein 10MG ever since - 20 years. So now that my memory/cognitive issues are affecting my daily efforts, and i have tapered down and off Ativan and Ambien completely. I am in a very good place in life and things are going really well, so its been easy and for the first time i feel good without ativan help. Also, have slept without any help...been about 2 weeks now. I am NOT experiencing any anxiety and i am sleeping pretty good. Trying to read up on all this is even more confusing, so i am asking for feedback, hopefully from experience. REMEMBER, all these issue were present BEFORE i stopped the meds, and I am hoping these issues will go away over time. So, any feedback would be welcome. And sorry if this is not written well, but its what i am dealing with. Thanks in advance!!
Can Zoloft cause cognitive dulling? I'm currently on 450mg Lithium and 1mg risperdal. My pdoc believes I've been misdiagnosed and he says I might not need the lithium. He says I'll be better if I took Zoloft for anxiety and depression. As of right now I'm stable but in the near future I'll be working in a job where I need to be cognitively alert. I feel somewhat cognitively alert and if anything I would like for that to improve instead of decline.