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Tingling in the hands or feet can be associated with COVID-19, but not the way you may think

Tingling in the hands or feet can be associated with COVID-19, but not the way you may think

Doctors are paying close attention to trends that could be associated with COVID-19 as the list of coronavirus symptoms continues to grow.

While neurological experts say isolated tingling in the hands and feet is probably not a common symptom of the virus, it is a symptom of a rare disorder that may be associated with COVID-19 called Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder where the immune system attacks the body’s nerves, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Weakness and tingling in the hands and feet, medically known as paresthesia, are usually its first symptoms.

An April study from Italy published in the peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine found five out of 1200 coronavirus patients developed GBS.

“After a person has an infection, there can be an immune system confusion where the immune system attacks the insolation, or myelin sheath, around the peripheral nerves,” said Dr. Robert

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Money carries a whole host of germs, so wash your hands after handling currency

Money carries a whole host of germs, so wash your hands after handling currency

Money changes hands so much that it inevitably picks up pathogens along the way.
Money changes hands so much that it inevitably picks up pathogens along the way.

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You never know where bills and coins have been, or what kind of germs money is carrying. As it turns out, anything from benign bacteria to dangerous superbugs could be catching a ride on your currency.

Here’s what you need to know about the germs on money and what you can do to protect yourself.

Money can spread germs from person to person

Money can carry viruses, protozoa, and bacteria. Depending on where it’s been, it could carry almost anything. One old and widely-cited study even found that 79% of one-dollar bills contain traces of cocaine. 

Another study of dollar bills in New York City found a whole host of active microbes, the most common of which was propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. The researchers analyzed a set of one

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US Virus Outbreak Changing New Orleans

New Orleans’ ‘Let the good times roll’ now ‘Wash your hands’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A week ago, revelers jammed bars in the French Quarter and New Orleans’ Irish Channel neighborhood ahead of St. Patrick’s Day while hotels, taverns and restaurants looked ahead to what is usually a lucrative festival season.

Now, the party is suddenly and decisively over. Coronavirus dread has settled uncomfortably over this most social of cities, where public gatherings are banned and 15 of Louisiana’s 20 COVID-19 deaths had been recorded as of Saturday.

While Gov. John Bel Edwards openly worries that the state’s ability to deliver health care could be overwhelmed in another week, the metro area has become one of the nation’s hot spots for the virus, home to the vast majority of the more than 760 infected statewide.

Two new testing centers for the disease closed within hours of opening Friday, having run through the day’s first allocations of tests.

“Laissez les bon temps

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