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Some Signs of Recovery From Severe Covid – The New York Times

In two early studies, researchers said some patients showed signs of healing just weeks after leaving the hospital.

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Even some patients originally deemed as candidates for a lung transplant managed to recuperate and go home without needing one, said Dr. Tiago Noguchi Machuca, a lung transplant surgeon at the University of Florida.
He had treated patients on ventilators and ECMO machines devices that infuse oxygen into the blood stream and remove carbon dioxide who managed to get them off life support and breathing on their own. His team keeps such patients on ECMO machines, but tries to take them off ventilat…

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Should You Wear a Mask Outdoors? – Lifehacker

Masks protect us from the coronavirus, indoors as well as out. But do you really need a mask outdoors? In some cases, you can go bare-faced, but you should stil…

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Masks protect us from the coronavirus, indoors as well as out. But do you really need a mask outdoors? In some cases, you can go bare-faced, but you should still have a mask in your pocket just in case. Lets talk about the factors you should consider when deciding if a mask makes sense outdoors. (When in doubt, wear one anyway.)
Outdoor air dilutes the virus
One of the problems with indoor environments is that some of the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus are tiny. Indoors, the air…

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Medieval Plague Outbreaks Picked Up Speed Over Time – Quadrupled in Size Over 300 Years – SciTechDaily

McMaster University researchers who analyzed thousands of documents covering a 300-year span of plague outbreaks in London, England, have estimated that the dis…

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The East Smithfield cemetery, located in London, built in 1348. Credit: Museum of London Archeology
McMaster University researchers who analyzed thousands of documents covering a 300-year span of plague outbreaks in London, England, have estimated that the disease spread four times faster in the 17th century than it had in the 14th century.
The findings, published today (October 19, 2020) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a striking acceleration in plague transmissio…

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COVID-19 cases linked to Waldo County church outbreak increase to 32 – WMTW Portland

The number of COVID-19 cases linked to an outbreak at a Waldo County church has increased to 32, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control.

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BROOKS, Maine —The number of COVID-19 cases linked to an outbreak at a Waldo County church has increased to 32, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control.
The Maine CDC said it is investigating the outbreak associated with the Brooks Pentecostal Church and its affiliated school, Lighthouse Christian Academy, in Brooks.
The Maine CDC said anyone who attended a fellowship rally that the congregation hosted between Oct. 2 and 4 could have been exposed to the virus and should take precauti…

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