15% with myocarditis


These are a young, healthy, physically-fit group. Almost all had very mild or no symptoms. What would be the rate of this in the general population, by age group? If only we lived in a country that had the technology to study this or even cared enough to find out. Leave it to the handlers of a valuable cash-cow commodity like college football players to lead the way...

Just a case of the sniffles...

...Daniels, the director of sports cardiology at Ohio State, had also been busy, working to publish a three-month study whose preliminary findings were presented to Pac-12 and Big Ten leaders before they shut down football earlier this month. Daniels said that cardiac M.R.I.s, an expensive and sparingly used tool, revealed an alarmingly high rate of myocarditis — heart inflammation that can lead to cardiac arrest with exertion — among college athletes who had recovered from the coronavirus.

The survey found myocarditis in close to 15 percent of athletes who had the virus, almost all of whom experienced mild or no symptoms, Daniels added, perhaps shedding more light on the uncertainties about the short- and long-term effects the virus may have on athletes.

But as Daniels’s survey awaits the rigors of peer review, it has received scant attention, in part because Ohio State has refused to make public any testing data about its athletes — who make up the bulk of the study — other than to announce last month that it had shut down workouts because of positive virus tests. Thus, Daniels said he could not disclose any more information about the data, including the number of athletes tested and those found with myocarditis, until it is published....

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....His colleague Bruce Conklin, a senior investigator at Gladstone and a co-author, said the “carnage in the human cells” they saw was unlike anything that’s been previously described with other diseases. “Nothing that we see in the published literature is like this in terms of this exact cutting and precise dicing. We should think about this as not only a pulmonary disease, but also potentially a cardiac one.”

Looking like they were surgically sliced, fiber fragments known as sarcomeres bore no resemblance to the disintegration seen in other acquired or hereditary diseases of the heart muscle, the scientists said. And in another mystery, there were black holes where DNA should have been in the nucleus of these cells, leaving just an empty shell. Their observations were made using high-magnification imaging to capture what happens in the first 48 hours after exposure to the virus that causes Covid-19. ....

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