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Emergency Medicine Doctor & Iraq War Vet. I amplify COVID content. I also honor the #SoulsLostToCovid and #TheySurvivedCovid. Over 4,000 stories shared.
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Jan 9,
🧵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
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Jan 9,
Children infected with COVID-19 are at higher risk of developing diabetes. 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.
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Jan 8,
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.
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Jan 8,
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 Vaccinated patients with breakthrough hospitalizations are, on average, 8 years older (64 vs. 56) and have an average of 5 co-morbidities compared to 2 for unvaccinated patients.
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Jan 8,
Dayton Children’s Hospital in Ohio is sounding the alarm as they’re experiencing the HIGHEST number of children hospitalized to date. dayton247now.com/news/local/you… There are currently 24 children hospitalized with COVID-19 at Dayton Children’s -- that’s 20 more than they saw in December 2021.
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Jan 7,
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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Jan 6,
Brandon Vaughn from Pine Knot, Kentucky is critically ill from COVID and on ECMO b/c his lungs are permanently damaged from the virus. Without a double-lung transplant he won't survive. He is 17. lex18.com/news/coronavir… ECMO stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The ECMO machine pumps and oxygenates a patient's blood outside the body, allowing the heart and lungs to rest. It's often a bridge to lung transplant. Image
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Jan 6,
💔 18-year old Sara Golembiewski from Westlake Ohio was the only vaccinated person in her family. Two weeks after Thanksgiving, Sara’s 59 y.o. aunt, 46 y.o. father and 57 y.o. mother all died from COVID. Sara also has a 15 y.o. brother. #SoulsLostToCovid news5cleveland.com/news/local-new… “I was the only vaccinated one in my family,” she said. “I told them to go to the hospital and they didn’t listen to me. I knew something bad was going to happen.”
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Jan 6,
Dr. Patricia (Trish) Hom, MD, MPH passed away on December 27th, in San Francisco, California, from lung cancer. She was 40 years old. She took her last breath while she was on home hospice, surrounded by her family. gofund.me/ca39493f The following is quoted directly from her GoFundMe, which will be used to cover funeral expenses and end of life costs. Additional funds will support her two sons Nathan and Andrew, who are students at UCLA and UC Davis, respectively.
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Jan 6,
15 y.o. Kurt Ryan, a sophomore at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts known for his reddish-blonde afro, sense of humor, and love of video games, died from COVID on January 4, 2022. #SoulsLostToCovid gloucestertimes.com/news/covid-19-… "One of the things that made Kurt stand out was his huge afro, his family said. They estimated Kurt had not cut his hair in six years."
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Jan 5,
My first job was at a Dunkin Donuts. After I served in Iraq as a corpsman, I used the GI Bill to attend community college in Cali. I’m fortunate to have graduated from top programs in the U.S. to be an ER doctor.

“Low skill workers” have academic skills, just not the support. The GI Bill is a godsend. It gave me the time to learn how to learn. Many of my college classmates had college funds established.

People don’t want to work “low skill jobs” but when you’re living check to check you do what you have to do to survive.
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Jan 5,
🧵Nationally, COVID hospitalizations under insurance contracts on avg cost $29,000, or $156,000 for patients requiring ICU care. In the U.S. 29,000 children have been hospitalized for COVID. +1,000 died. COVID is not harmless in children. A few stories #TheySurvivedCovid 1/X 4 month old Grayson Perry is one of 279 children in Texas currently hospitalized for COVID #TheySurvivedCovid 2/X
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Jan 4,
🇧🇷 Ana Luísa dos Santos Oliveira died from COVID on December 12, 2021 after a month in a hospital in Santos, São Paulo #Brazil. She was 8. #SoulsLostToCovid g1.globo.com/sp/santos-regi… "She was afraid, she was very careful, the most careful in the house. She had a small bag with just the mask, alcohol gel, she washed her hands, came home from school and took a shower, sometimes I wanted to go for a walk, and she told me put the mask on."
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Jan 4,
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered a 30-day state of emergency, citing a 500% spike in hospitalizations over the last few weeks. wjla.com/news/local/mar… 1,000 members of the Maryland National Guard are activated to assist with testing, opening 20 test sites outside hospitals across the state.

He said the state of emergency allows the state to regulate hospital utilization and licensing requirements for health care providers.
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Jan 4,
🚨On Monday, University of Kansas Health System Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Stites reported more than 500 employees were out due to COVID-19. kshb.com/news/coronavir… We have over 500 employees out and that's a big number," chief medical officer Dr. Steven Stites said. "They're both on isolation and people who are quarantined..."
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Jan 2,
University of Maryland Capital Region Health says it's moving three Prince George’s health centers to crisis standards of care amid rising #COVID19 cases and staffing shortages. nbcwashington.com/news/coronavir… Image "UM Capital Region Medical Center, the only trauma center in the county and one that serves all of southern Maryland, was on trauma bypass status for more than three hours overnight between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1"
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Dec 24, 2021
Tennessee increases the state's COVID death toll by ~2,700 to 20,644

Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said that the revision was due to lagging data, such as manual death reporting by many health care providers and increased home deaths apnews.com/article/corona… "She said the additional deaths occurred throughout the pandemic, with about 70% largely linked to the delta variant surge and occurring since Aug. 1."
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Dec 6, 2021
🇺🇸38 y.o. Adrienne Chandler from Milwaukee #Wisconsin passed away from COVID after giving birth to her fourth child. She was not vaccinated. "She has a beautiful soul and my heart will always belong to her" #SoulsLostToCovid cbs58.com/news/mother-un… "Adrienne had been expecting her fourth child & super excited to welcome him into the family. Adrienne went in for an emergency c-section that she needed because of worsening COVID and did not make it through. We lost her on Tue Nov 30th. Luckily her baby Roman is healthy. <3"
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Dec 6, 2021
🇺🇸 Lisa Marie Thomas from Niagara Falls #NewYork tested positive for COVID with oxygen levels of 65% on Sept 2. She passed away Oct 12, just 5 days shy of her 37th birthday. #SoulsLostToCovid buffalonews.com/news/local/it-… She leaves 4 grieving children: Xavier, 15; Demetrius "Meechy," 13, Gabriella, 7; and Cah-ya, 2.
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Dec 2, 2021
🇷🇺 36 yo Dr. Daria Olegovna Khorovskaya, orthodontist from St. Petersburg #Russia leaped from the 9th floor while hospitalized for COVID, after learning of the deaths of both her parents from COVID. The entire family were doctors. #SoulsLostToCovid dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1… “Dasha herself followed in the footsteps of her parents - she has been working as an orthodontist for ten years. She came to Elizavetinskaya with complications after an infectious disease - just a couple of days after the death of her mother"
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Dec 1, 2021
🇨🇳 34 y.o. Dr. Li Wenliang, Ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital in #China was one of the first #SoulsLostToCovid. He was punished for warning colleagues about the new coronavirus before it became a pandemic. He passed away February 7, 2020. Dr. Wenliang had messaged his fellow doctors via WeChat on Dec. 30 to warn of a SARS-like disease that patients from a seafood and live-animal market in Wuhan had tested positive for.

A screenshot of his message went viral, and police called him in soon thereafter.
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