At least 70 percent of coronavirus patients in a new study were still suffering from lung trouble months after leaving the hospital.
Researchers in Henan Province, China, looked at 55 patients who had since recovered and been cleared to go to work, according to the findings published in the journal EClinicalMedicine.
Only four of the cases had been considered severe, though none required a ventilator, the study says.
But three months after being discharged, many of the patients were still experiencing lingering symptoms. Nearly two-thirds complained of problems that included shortness of breath, cough, gastrointestinal issues and headaches.
And though none had pre-existing lung problems, the majority were now plagued with respiratory issues.
Researchers found 39 of the patients had lung abnormalities in their CT scans, and one out of four patients experienced reduced lung function in their breathing tests.
The findings come amid mounting evidence of previously-healthy patients suffering from puzzling symptoms months after testing negative.
National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, who wasn’t involved in the study but reviewed the findings, said the results “certainly indicate that for many people who’ve been hospitalized with COVID-19, regaining normal lung function may take a while.”
“Moving forward, it will be important to conduct larger and longer-term studies of COVID-19 recovery in people of diverse backgrounds to continue to learn more about what it means to survive COVID-19,” he wrote.
Accused meth trafficker busted after someone turned in his wallet
An alleged meth trafficker was busted by Florida cops — all thanks to his lost wallet, authorities said.
Sean Michael Edwards, of Winter Haven, got on the radar of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 18 when a good Samaritan turned in the 36-year-old’s missing billfold, complete with his ID and $565 inside, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The deputies “dig some digging” and learned that Edwards had a felony meth trafficking warrant out for his arrest, deputies said in a lengthy Facebook post Sunday.
That’s when they hatched a plan to bust the alleged drug dealer by getting him to come pick up his cash three days later.
“A text message was sent to Sean, informing him that we had his wallet,” the post said. “We may have forgot to mention we were deputies though. Silly us.”
An unwitting Edwards agreed to meet within 20 minutes at a 7-Eleven in Winter Haven, where he said he’d arrive by motorcycle, department officials said.
“Deputies laughed, and laughed, and laughed,” the post continued. “They had Sean’s license and knew he wasn’t licensed to drive a motorcycle.”
Edwards was later taken into custody at the 7-Eleven once deputies spotted him pulling in. A helicopter was also called in for backup, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman said.
“Just in case he took off, we’d already have it in the air,” Horstman told The Post Monday of the precautionary measure.
Cops found $3,132 in cash and a plastic bag with more than 2 ounces of a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for meth during a search of Edwards and his white motorcycle, according to an affidavit obtained by the Sentinel.
In addition to multiple felony drug counts — including trafficking methamphetamine — Edwards was charged with driving a motorcycle without a license, a misdemeanor, online records show.
“On a positive note, Sean will finally get his wallet back when he’s released,” department officials continued on Facebook. “Whenever that may be. It’s in a brown paper bag in inmate property.”
Edwards was released from the Polk County Jail Wednesday after posting $111,750 bond, online records show. It’s unclear whether he’s hired an attorney.
Large groups of maskless people gather in Brooklyn COVID-19 hot zones
Groups of up to 200 people openly stood closely together without masks Monday in two Brooklyn areas suffering from spiking COVID-19 infection rates — as the police presence appeared virtually non-existent.
“We all already had it,’’ said a woman leaving a synagogue at 152 Rodney St. in Williamsburg with her daughter when asked by The Post why no one was wearing a mask in the crowd of up to 200 people outside.
“We’re all fine,’’ the mother insisted — even though city health officials have said there is no herd immunity in the Big Apple against getting the contagion, nor any evidence that people who have been infected can’t get reinfected.
“Our doctors are giving hydroxy right away,” the woman said, referring to a controversial reputed treatment for the coronavirus that has yet to be proven effective. “Ninety-nine percent of the people had [the virus] in Williamsburg.”
A marked NYPD car slowly drove by the synagogue’s entrance without stopping as the crowd milled about.
A counterterrorism cop stood nearby. When asked why authorities weren’t warning the crowd to at least socially distance amid the deadly pandemic, the officer appeared concerned about the situation but said that wasn’t what he was there for.
City health officials warned in a statement Sunday that the neighborhood “remains an area where we are observing a faster increase in cases compared to other parts of the city, even though the test positivity rate is below 3% (1.78%).’’
But that rate is nothing compared to a section of Borough Park that the state said registered a terrifying 17 percent positive test rate for the contagion Sunday — and where groups of dozens of people without masks milled around together during the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur on Monday.
The city said the two-week average for the neighborhood is 4.63 percent — more than double the latest citywide rate of 1.93 percent.
Groups of at least 50 people, mostly without masks, huddled together in several places in a Borough Park section designated a COVID hot zone by the state — close enough to touch each other after services.
No police were in sight.
When The Post tried taking photos and video of the scene, several men without masks rushed a reporter, chasing him to his car, with one spitting on his driver’s window and screaming after the scribe got inside.
The adult men then told around 150 boys to crowd around the car, blocking the reporter in.
Two cops responded to a Post call from the scene and urged the crowd on a loudspeaker to disperse. When dozens of people began pounding on the reporter’s car, the cops told them to back off — to no avail. The reporter was eventually able to drive away.
The NYPD did not immediately return a Post request for comment.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan and Tina Moore
New poll shows Trump and Biden essentially tied in North Carolina
President Trump and Joe Biden are essentially tied in the presidential race in the battleground state of North Carolina, according to a poll released Monday.
The former vice president has a narrow edge of 45.7 percent to 45.4 percent over Trump in the Tar Heel State, with just 6 percent of voters saying they are undecided, the Meredith College poll found.
Trump, who won North Carolina in 2016, has an edge with independent voters — 43.1 percent to Biden’s 39.8 percent.
He also leads among white voters by 13.4 percentage points, males by 10.8 points and among rural voters by 15.6 points.
Biden has a huge lead among black voters (62.1 percentage points), women (10.5 points) and urban voters (17.5 points).
“North Carolina is shaping up to be the key battleground everyone thought it would be heading into the election cycle. Although Trump has gained some ground with key groups like Hispanic voters, he is running behind Biden among suburban voters and women voters, two key groups that will determine the outcome of the presidential race in North Carolina,” said Meredith’s poll director David McLennan.
In the US Senate race that could determine the political makeup of the upper chamber, incumbent Thom Tillis is trailing Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham 41.8 percent to 43.1 percent.
The poll surveyed 705 likely voters in North Carolina between Sept. 18 and 22.
It has a plus/minus margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
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