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COVID-19, WSJ: “Covid-19 Outbreaks Led to Dangerous Delay in Cancer Diagnoses”

I had my COVID-19 IgG antibody test about 4.5 months after my 2.5 week April health episode. My working theory has been that my ongoing EBV/Hashimoto’s problem might have been triggered by CV19. The findings below cast doubt on that theory. However, a single small study is never something to rely on, and the work doesn’t go beyond 4 months.

If “protection against reinfection” is not immunity, then I don’t know what it is. Maybe someone fact-check the fact-checkers at Twitter and their ilk.

Covid-19 Outbreaks Led to Dangerous Delay in Cancer Diagnoses

A decline in mammograms and other screening procedures after the coronavirus pandemic struck is leading to missed and delayed cancer diagnoses, according to data from insurance claims, lab orders, Medicare billings and oncology-practice records, an emerging pattern that is alarming oncologists.

Hundreds of thousands of cancer screenings were deferred after worries about Covid-19 shut down much of the U.S. health-care system starting this spring. Because many cancers can advance rapidly, months without detection could mean fewer treatment options and worse outcomes, including more deaths

There’s really almost no way that doesn’t turn into increased mortality,” with the full effects likely to play out over a decade, said Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute. Missed screenings and other pandemic-related impacts on care could result in about 10,000 additional deaths from breast and colon cancer alone over the next 10 years, the NCI projected earlier this year. Dr. Sharpless said the estimate now appears low.

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WIND: tip of the iceberg. Even setting aside deaths from dozens of killing diseases and conditions whose treatment has been impacted, the death toll from the economic carpet bombing of the world will kill far more people. That a plunging economy kills people is a hard fact borne out from many decades of actuarial tables, for the #Artists reading this.

Setting aside the destruction of hopes, dreams, savings, plans (a massive impact on its own), the policies around COVID-19 are killing people, and will kill many more people (and worldwide), and those responsible will never be held to account—because two or ten years from now, even when the awful toll is understood, those responsible will surely rationalize away their sociopathic behavior, like the grotesquely anti-science anti-rational anti-life 105 Stanford doctors that are unwilling or unable to think in risk assessment terms, but feel that engaging in character assassination is a positive act.

Death Toll From Covid-19 Pandemic Extends Far Beyond Virus Victims

Researchers are finding growing evidence that the Covid-19 pandemic’s deadly reach is stretching far beyond people who died from coronavirus infections.

From Alzheimer’s disease deaths to fatal heart attacks, federal data show deaths in 2020 have exceeded those of previous years in numerous categories. Doctors and health researchers say the fatalities reflect the ways the pandemic has amplified stress and financial strain while causing many people to avoid hospitals for fear of infections.

“For a long period of time there was a pretty dramatic drop-off in ER visits, elective-surgery screenings, things that Americans do all the time to keep themselves healthy,” said Tom Inglesby, who directs the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University.

The effects are piling up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked thousands of deaths this year beyond expected levels for conditions that also include hypertension, strokes and diabetes. Physicians say the surge was especially notable in the spring, when the pandemic hit New York and other parts of the Northeast hard.

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