Ian Sample, reporting for The Guardian:
Neurologists are on Wednesday publishing details of more than 40
UK Covid-19 patients whose complications ranged from brain
inflammation and delirium to nerve damage and stroke. In some
cases, the neurological problem was the patient’s first and main
The cases, published in the journal Brain, revealed a rise in a
life-threatening condition called acute disseminated
encephalomyelitis (Adem), as the first wave of infections swept
through Britain. At UCL’s Institute of Neurology, Adem cases
rose from one a month before the pandemic to two or three per
week in April and May. One woman, who was 59, died of the
One coronavirus patient described in the paper, a 55-year-old
woman with no history of psychiatric illness, began to behave
oddly the day after she was discharged from hospital. She
repeatedly put her coat on and took it off again and began to
hallucinate, reporting that she saw monkeys and lions in her
house. She was readmitted to hospital and gradually improved on
Another woman, aged 47, was admitted to hospital with a headache
and numbness in her right hand a week after a cough and fever came
on. She later became drowsy and unresponsive and required an
emergency operation to remove part of her skull to relieve
pressure on her swollen brain.
Germany yesterday reported 298 new cases of COVID-19.
The U.S. reported over 55,000. Just yesterday. It is raging out of control here in the United States. It’s that simple. We’ve lost any handle on it we might have had, infections are now — I repeat myself because there’s no other way to accurately describe it — raging out of control, and a large segment of the population has decided to pretend it isn’t happening and isn’t a big deal if you do get it.
For those of us who’ve been taking this seriously since March, it’s soul-crushing that this is where we’re at after four months of isolation. It sucks. We who’ve done the right thing are the ones most yearning for — and let’s be honest, most deserving of — a few tastes of normalcy. I see people in the south complaining about the physical discomfort and social awkwardness of wearing a mask because they’re new to it and I could not be more “Fuck you”. We should be over the hump, easing our way back to normalcy with confidence, like every country in the world that isn’t led by a dimwitted angry sociopath, but we’re not, and we have to face the fact that we’re in this indefinitely.
Do the right thing — stay home as much as you can, wear a mask and keep your distance when you’re out. You don’t want to get this and you don’t want your family to get it.
★ Wednesday, 8 July 2020