Now comes another International Classification of Disease (ICD) billing code (Z28.310), complements of the World Health Organization, intended to inform the government and your insurer of your Covid vaccine status. The code will be required, no doubt, to receive full...
NFL Damar Hamlin Cardiac Arrest, XBB.1.5 Variant Uptick, and Q & A 52 on America Out Loud PULSE
Buffalo Bills safety 24 yr old Damar Hamlin has been in critical condition after collapsing on the field during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team tweeted the initial update, saying, “Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”
Dr. McCullough points outs, there are two immediate questions: 1) any history of heart disease? (HCM, anomalous cors, channelopathy), 2) what brand, dose 1, dose 2, boosters? History is key to clinical evaluation.
What to Know About the New XBB.1.5 Variant – Experts worry that it could start a wave of new infections and reinfections. A new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading in the U.S., raising concerns about a potential wave of infections and reinfections to start the new year. The variant, called XBB.1.5, is a descendant of Omicron and a close relative of the XBB variant, which spread widely in Singapore and India this past fall. (TIME)
During the week ending Dec. 31, XBB.1.5 accounted for 40.5% of new sequenced COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s currently causing roughly 75% of new cases in the Northeast, which is often a bellwether for the rest of the country.
Hospitalizations are also starting to tick upward nationwide, according to CDC data.
The virus appears to be evolving in ways that evade immunity, the WSJ reports. Are Vaccines Fueling New Covid Variants? It’s a question, we have asked ourselves here on America Out Loud PULSE. We’ll address that question in today’s episode.
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Peggy – Hello, Malcolm and Dr. McCullough. I am in Lenawee County, Michigan. My pulmonologist warned me today that after a long period of milder Omicron illnesses, he has seen cases over the past two months of a Delta like Covid. There have been a couple of deaths in patients in their 50’s with no comorbidities. He said that these patients were vaccinated and these deadly infections were not repeated infections but first Covid infections. He is saying that it seems there is some Delta still circulating out there but is even more concerned about what is heading our way in a few months from China.
I am one who, like Malcolm’s wife, narrowly escaped the ventilator with a Delta infection a year ago. I had double pneumonia and several blood clots in my lungs bilaterally. I was just now gaining the courage to get off the Eliquis and venture out a little more, at least to see kids and grandkids when no one has symptoms. This news has set me back to fearing another Covid infection. What are your thoughts on these more severe infections popping up? Since I survived Delta a year ago, do I have protection from severe infection and death? And do you have any information about the variants from China?
Kristen – Have you seen the “died suddenly” documentary? Are you aware of these fibrous clots? Have you seen them, or that they are actually occurring at the frequency stated in this documentary? What’s your assessment of the assertions presented in this video?
Lisa – I keep hearing about the horrible blood clots in people who have died. If the vaccine is causing this, should we be concerned about America’s blood supply? I have a lot of vaccinated friends who give blood all the time. How does vaccinated blood affect an unvaccinated person?
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