Long COVID, Apple Daily and Ethiopia #126

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Deepnews Digest #126

Long COVID, Apple Daily and Ethiopia

Editor: Christopher Brennan
As summer gets underway, people often disengage from the news, spending time on the beach or on a hike instead of in front of their screens. The world never stops, however, and there are stories that do not get the attention that they deserve. This week I decided to use the Digest to pull in interesting articles you might have missed (some from sources you might not read otherwise) that touch on three different topics where you might want to get up to speed: further research into “long COVID,” the crackdown on Hong Kong including the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, and fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

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The Japan Times

The Japanese scientist fighting prejudice, misinformation and COVID-19

MANCHESTER – “It feels like I’ve lived a decade within one year,” Akiko Iwasaki says. “The pandemic has definitely changed the way we do science.”

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Editor’s Note:

One of the important emerging questions about long COVID is the effect of vaccines. Here our algorithm highlighted an article about Akiko Iwasaki and her work from a source you might not read regularly. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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The Guardian

The longest of Covids: the man infected for 10 months

Like thousands of people, Dave Smith became infected with coronavirus at the start of the first wave in the UK in 2020. But while most people, including those who suffer “long Covid”, eliminate the live virus from their bodies within a couple of weeks, Smith experienced a very different sort of long-term problem: a persistent infection lasting more than 290 days, or almost 10 months. This has been the longest recorded active Covid-19 infection to date.

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Bloomberg

Long Covid May Help Us Understand Other Chronic Diseases

Scientists are starting to wonder just how many mysterious ailments may stem from viral or bacterial infections.

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MIT Technology Review

It took a pandemic, but the US finally has (some) centralized medical data

Covid exposed the fragmented reality of US health records. Now an effort to bring together data from millions of patients is starting to show results.

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British Medical Journal

Covid-19: Third of people infected have long term symptoms

Around a third of people in England who developed covid-19 went on to experience long term symptoms sometimes called “long covid,” a UK study has found and experts believe that more than two million people could have been affected in this way.

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Nature

Long COVID in a prospective cohort of home-isolated patients

Long-term complications after coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are common in hospitalized patients, but the spectrum of symptoms in milder cases needs further investigation. We conducted a long-term follow-up in a prospective cohort study of 312 patients—247 home-isolated and 65 hospitalized—comprising 82% of total cases in Bergen during the first pandemic wave in Norway

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WHYY

Can the vaccine improve persistent symptoms for COVID long-haulers?

Melissa Mazur developed COVID-19 symptoms in March 2020 — and she’s still feeling them today. The 40-year-old from Philadelphia is what’s known as a long-hauler, someone who experiences often unexplainable and random symptoms months after getting the virus.

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The Hindu

Interview with Laura Spinney: The flu that changed the world

Laura Spinney is a reputed science journalist who has written for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian, National Geographic, The Economist, Nature and New Scientist. A British journalist currently based in Paris, she is also the author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World (Public Affairs, 2017). Pale Rider cites estimates that up to 100 million people died between 1918 and 1920 when the world was ravaged by the deadly influenza virus which struck in three waves (of which the second was the deadliest), meaning that the Spanish flu had the highest death toll for any pandemic in recorded history.

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Politics Home

We must classify long Covid as an ‘occupational disease’ to protect frontline workers

SINGAPORE – The last few days have shown exactly why Singapore opted for a two-step easing of the restrictions put in place during the heightened alert to control Covid-19 cases.

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Newsy

The Long-Haul COVID Fight: Inside A Comprehensive COVID Center

About one in four COVID-19 patients develop long-haul symptoms lasting for months. Doctors treating long haulers what’s out there now isn’t enough.

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The Times (UK) ($)

Looming deadline: our last day making Hong Kong’s rebel paper

Apple Daily has been silenced by Beijing after 26 years. This is how it felt inside the building

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Editor’s Note:

The closure of Apple Daily has been written about by others, but here our algorithm highlighted a piece in the words of a journalist for the paper itself. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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WSJ ($)

Jack Ma’s Ant in Talks to Share Data Trove With State Firms

The fintech giant is in discussions to start a new credit-scoring business with Chinese state-owned enterprises

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Hong Kong Free Press

Three Hong Kong groups apply to hold traditional July 1 democracy demo after embattled coalition cancels

After the original organiser considers disbanding, Eddie Tse of the environmental group, Save Lantau Alliance, says: “As a grassroots group… we cherish the value of marching on July 1.”

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Thai Enquirer

Opinion: Hong Kong’s national security law is becoming a blueprint for others in the region

Last year on June 4, Hong Kong’s Victoria Park was filled with people commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

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Al Jazeera

The scrappy Hong Kong tabloid that refused to bow to Beijing

Apple Daily, forced to close after arrests, asset freeze, was founded on a mission to hold power to account.

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New York Times

Don’t Turn Away From These Images and These Crimes

Meet Rahel, 19, a human face of a brutal ethnic cleansing now underway in Ethiopia.

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Bellingcat

Tigray Conflict: Videos Provide New Details of Mahbere Dego Massacre

Earlier this year, Bellingcat worked with Newsy and BBC Africa Eye to geolocate five videos showing the execution of civilians by people in military uniform near Mahbere Dego, a town in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

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Editor’s Note:

One tragedy of violence is that the fog of war can make it difficult to detail what exactly happened. Here our algorithm highlighted Bellingcat using open source investigative techniques to try to reach clarity. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Rest of World

The fraught rise of Silicon Valley–style development projects in Ethiopia

NGOs are pouring millions into startups, but tech-driven development could leave the most vulnerable behind.

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The Africa Report

Ethiopia’s Abiy does not deserve a Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation. But should it be revoked?

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SBS

Tigray famine: Australia’s Ethiopia ambassador denies food is being used as a weapon of war

Ethiopia’s ambassador to Australia has vehemently denied allegations famine is being used as a weapon of war in the war-torn northern Tigray region, saying the government has been misunderstood.

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