13 month old Piper from Cleveland, Tennessee was co-infected with COVID-19 and rhinovirus. As a result, she developed seizures and "at one point she stopped breathing." #TheySurvivedCovid news4sanantonio.com/news/nation-wo…
After an EXPENSIVE hospitalization, consisting of several tests, including an MRI, Piper returned home on New Years Eve.
Meanwhile, at a time when the omicron variant is surging, Tennessee health officials say they will no longer provide daily COVID-19 data releases starting this week.
In this interview, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, former Director of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program for the Tennessee Department of Health discusses her experience in Tennessee. wvpublic.org/section/arts-c…

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9 Jan
🧵One of the great UNKNOWNS about the Omicron variant is the impact on children 4 weeks AFTER infection.
Before #Omicron 6,431 children in the U.S. were hospitalized for multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MISC) due to COVID & 55 of those kids died. Kids with MISC are SICK & require ICU care, often with blood pressure support, steroids, blood thinners, and sometimes life support
MISC is an inflammatory reaction in the body that develops about 4 weeks after infection with COVID. Each rise in COVID infection has been followed by an increase in #MISC 4 weeks later. covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tra… Image
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This article published in June 2021 discussed two NIH-supported studies confirming SARS-CoV-2 can target and impair the body’s insulin-producing cells.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when beta cells in the pancreas don’t secrete enough insulin to allow the body to metabolize food optimally after a meal. As a result of this insulin insufficiency, blood glucose levels go up, the hallmark of diabetes. Image
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Vaccines protect against severe illness. Data from 374 hospitalized COVID patients at Spectrum Health in Michigan. 99 patients are currently in the ICU. Of those, 90% are unvaccinated. Vaccinated = 2 dose Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose J&J. #GetBoostedNow
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This is a reminder that a THREE-vaccine regimen is highly protective against HOSPITALIZATION, whereas high quality MASKS, such as KN95s are highly protective against INFECTION. Both are required to protect against COVID.
You can further lower your viral exposure by decreasing time spent in crowded spaces, both indoor and outdoor.
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