Our understanding of long Covid is also shifting, and some new research suggests that the symptoms may resolve over time in many people. A recent study out of the Britain, where a large portion of the population has been infected, found that only about two percent of residents reported long Covid symptoms.
“We now have more people who are postinfection over a longer period of time, and as you go along, the percentage of people reporting long Covid symptoms gets smaller and smaller,” Apoorva said. “So the final percentage of people who have persistent symptoms for years, that’s not a huge number — we hope. The problem is we still just know so very little about long Covid.”
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The story of a folk singer who died after she celebrated catching the coronavirus is gripping the Czech Republic.
Hana Horka, 57, refused to get vaccinated, despite what her son described as her family’s strong encouragement, my colleague Hana de Goeij reports. She publicly rejoiced once her husband and her son, both vaccinated, contracted Covid over the Christmas holiday.
Instead of isolating herself, she deliberately exposed herself to the virus, said her son, Jak Rek. She was ill for a couple of days but then appeared to be recovering.
In a Facebook post, she celebrated her apparent recovery and naturally acquired immunity, saying she looked forward to “sauna, swimming, cultural life” — all denied to her under virus regulations because of her refusal to be vaccinated, but potentially available once she could present proof of recovery from infection.
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Omicron in retreat. Though the U.S. is still facing overwhelmed hospitals and nearly 2,000 Covid-19 deaths a day, encouraging signs are emerging. New cases are plummeting in several parts of the country, and recent studies of wastewater are helping scientists learn more about the Omicron variant.
Free tests and masks. The Biden administration’s new website allowing each U.S. household to order up to four free at-home tests is live. The White House also announced that it would make 400 million N95 masks available free of charge at health centers and pharmacies across the U.S.
Around the world. Austria is nearing the approval of a vaccine mandate for almost all adults, putting it on the path to be the first European country with such a wide-reaching mandate. In France, where a presidential election looms in April, officials set a timeline to lift restrictions over the next few weeks.
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Two days later, her condition swiftly declined and she died. The only warning the family had that something was wrong, her son said, was her complaining about an aching back.
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/20/briefing/coronavirus-briefing-omicron-long-covid.html902