Coronavirus: WHO predicts 2 million deaths, while the US already exceeds 7 million infections

This Friday, the WHO predicted that there would be 2 million deaths from coronavirus The United States exceeded 7 million infections, acc...

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  • This Friday, the WHO predicted that there would be 2 million deaths from coronavirus
  • The United States exceeded 7 million infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University records
  • The exact number of infected in the United States is 7,030,887 and 203,615 deaths

This Friday, the WHO predicted that there would be 2 million deaths from coronavirus, while in the US they already exceed 7 million infections.

This week culminated in the unfortunate prediction of the World Health Organization (WHO), which warns that deaths from the coronavirus could reach 2 million.

Despite the fact that currently the total number of deaths from Covid-19 does not exceed one million, the organization went ahead to indicate that it is “likely” that the disease will kill about 2 million people if security measures are not taken for a long time.

“The figure is unimaginable, but not impossible,” said Michael Ryan, WHO Emergency Director, Mike Ryan at a press conference. “One million is a terrible number and we need to think about it before we start considering a second million,” he added.

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Ryan warned about the need to maintain strict controls and cooperation between countries to avoid reaching the alarming figure.

WHO predicts 2 million deaths, while the US already exceeds 7 million infections

Meanwhile, this Friday, the United States exceeded 7 million infections, according to the records of the Johns Hopkins University. The exact number of infected is 7,030887 and 203,615 deaths (at the end of this note). Both in number of infections and deaths, the United States is in the lead, thus becoming the country most ‘hit’ by the pandemic.

The state with the highest number of Covid-19 cases is California, with more than 800,000 infected. They are followed by Texas, Florida, New York and Georgia.

Regionally, those counties that have been most affected by the coronavirus are: Los Angeles in California, Miami-Dade in Florida, Cook in Illinois, Maricopa in Arizona and Harris in Texas.

Mutation of the coronavirus in the US could have made it more contagious

In the middle of a scientific study, they found that a mutation of the coronavirus in the US may have made it more contagious.

US scientists unveiled more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus that have made it possible to study the continuous accumulation of mutations in the virus, including one that may have made it more contagious, according to a study released Wednesday.

The document, published by the newspaper The Washington Post and featured on the Medrxiv health website, revealed that hospital researchers Houston Methodist have sequenced the 30,000-character genome of the coronavirus since last March, when the virus first appeared in the greater Houston area (Texas), whose population is estimated at 7 million inhabitants.

In the study, which has not been reviewed by other scientists, 5,085 sequences were collected, the Post detailed.

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The research found that the virus spread in Houston in two waves: the first affecting older people and individuals with greater purchasing power, and a second affecting younger people and in lower-income neighborhoods, where many residents are hispanic.

The researchers found that people affected by the second variant had a higher load of the virus in the upper respiratory tract, which can be considered a potential factor for the strain to spread more effectively.

As the spread increased, the scientists found a series of mutations, many of which affected the protein at the tip of SARS-CoV-2, which allows the virus to enter cells. Specifically, according to the journalistic version, one of the mutations changed amino acid 614 from “D” (aspartic acid) to “G” (glycine).

“Research suggests that this small change – which affects three identical chains of amino acids – could improve the transmissibility of the virus,” the newspaper detailed, although it clarified that the new report did not find that mutations “have made the virus more lethal or the clinical results have changed ”.

James Musser, of the Houston Methodist Hospital and author of the study, assured the Post that the virus has been “given many opportunities”, alluding to widespread transmission in the country.

However, Musser admitted that the scientific case is not closed.

The Post noted that a study based on 25,000 genomes was released in the UK, which also found evidence that this variant of the virus outperforms its competitors.

The United States has already exceeded 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, which has affected more than 6.9 million people in this country.

They warn about possible heart damage in survivors of Covid-19

Even though it is thought to only affect the lungs, specialists warn of possible heart damage in coronavirus survivors.

Researchers and doctors are still learning about the coronavirus and its effects on the human body. Although since its inception it was known as a disease that affects the lungs and airways, now experts have found evidence that it can cause heart damage.

These concerns arose after cardiologists began to notice inflammation and scarring in the hearts of their patients after recovering from the Covid-19.

Arizona cardiologist Dr. Dawn Pedrotty said she noted evidence that the coronavirus could be related to heart damage after evaluating seriously ill patients who were hospitalized for the disease since March, she reported. USA Today.

“There is a connection to heart disease. It is not just a respiratory disease, ”Pedrotty said.

“It is an important public health message that affects more than your lungs,” he added.

Although it is not yet clear what other types of consequences the disease may have in the long term in a patient who has already overcome it, specialists have already noted a variety of cardiovascular complications such as arrhythmias, acute coronary syndrome, inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) and even heart attack.

Warning of possible heart damage in coronavirus survivors

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It is precisely because of this lack of information that specialists do not advise that those who have recovered from Covid-19 immediately resume high-impact activities.

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Dr. Steven Erickson, medical director of Banner University Sports, explained that if a person wants to return to exercise after being sick with Covid-19, it is best to have a cardiac exam. “You don’t get sick with Covid-19 and you stay home and don’t go to school for a week and the next day you come back and play two hours of soccer,” he said.

“You are taking a risk, and that is not what the medical community is recommending at this time,” he added.

Erickson recommended that those who have been ill with coronavirus for three days or more should have a blood test and an EKG before returning to sports. He also advised that when returning to exercise they do so progressively.

Heart conditions could occur even in asymptomatic patients.

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