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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 02:44 AM

Interesting article about neurological effects of coronavirus

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jmv.25728

I have a hypothesis that the sudden worsening that some patients experience at day 8 could be due to affects on the central nervous system triggering dysphasia—-difficulty swallowing which’s leads to aspiration which in turn can cause pneumonia and respiratory failure. Note the coronavirus can affect the medulla and strokes of this area can affect the ability to swallow safely.

What does this mean for those infected? Sleep with your head elevated to prevent aspiration at night, do not lie down immediately after you eat, eat small portions and consume a mechanical soft diet——yogurt, soup, while avoiding tough foods that could get stuck in the airway (like meat)

There is nothing dangerous about a diet designed to prevent aspiration and it could improve survival rates. Someone should do swallowing studies on people with Covid. They should also do demographic studies to see if the risk factors for aspiration—-neurological disease, frailty, obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse—-are also risk factors for Covid death.

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McCamy Taylor Mar 24 OP
KT2000 Mar 24 #1
mnhtnbb Mar 24 #3
KT2000 Mar 24 #5
duforsure Mar 24 #2
Laelth Mar 24 #4

Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 05:26 AM

1. Chinese researchers

are getting out as much information as they can. I was looking around for stats on survival rates of people put on ventilators. I did not find that info but there is a lot of other info being shared.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:59 AM

3. Early on I saw stats that only about 50%

of those put on ventilators survived. Don't remember where I saw it or out of what country. It was a chilling number.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 02:45 PM

5. that does not sound good at all

thank you.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 06:21 AM

2. Thanks for posting

I was thinking about that too. Maybe the response from inflammation sometimes inflame the nervous system causing some people to have worse symptoms and results? With my health issues, I already have most of these issues so I might not know if I am presenting symptoms, or from other issues I have. Body inflammation I think determines severity in some people , and maybe why they got it, because their immune system was too weak to fight it off while their body was fighting off other things and weakened. I'm in that group unfortunately. I am watching my diet very, very closely, and doing things to make my immune system stronger hoping it'll be enough.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:47 AM

4. I don't disagree with your hypothesis. I have no basis upon which to do so.

But, from what I have found, the most serious danger associated with COVID-19 is the risk of a CYTOKINE STORM. Not that the virus may not have deleterious neurological effects, it may, but it seems to have deadly immunological effects for some people.

-Laelth

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