The COVID-19 pandemic has been rather frustrating even if you managed to still keep your job or business afloat. Frustrating mainly because of the various (necessary and important) restrictions that have been put in place, but also frustrating in the sense that it is not clear if we will ever go back to normal - whatever that is.
Not to mention that now the deaths that most of us used to see as statistics have become names of people that we know 😔.
However, there is something even more concerning about COVID-19. Not only do we have the virus mutating and producing different strains that can't be protected against using the currently available vaccinations (e.g. the South African and Brasilian variants of COVID-19), it also appears that medical professionals are yet to fully understand the long term effects of the virus and how it affects our bodies even after recovery.
The latest revelation is that some COVID-19 patients are developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes and it's not clear whether diabetes could be a permanent side effect, or whether COVID-19. Eight different studies and analysis of 3,711 patients have revealed that 14,4% of people who recovered from COVID-19 were newly diagnosed with diabetes.
This is a new discovery regarding people who have recovered from the virus. The other long term effects experienced by some people who recovered from the virus include respiratory problems, inability to perform cardiovascular activities as they could before, lung problems, and more.
This begs the question: why would anyone take a chance at contracting a virus that might not necessarily kill them but will likely leave them with permanent life-long disability or damage?
Also, the more research is being done on COVID-19 the more it is starting to sound like it is biological malware.
Today's Top Stories
🎧 Spotify has announced that it tripled net losses in the fourth quarter of 2020. According to Spotify's latest annual financial results, this is because there was an increase in operating expenses. What's weird is that during the same period Spotify's Premium (paying) Subscribers rose to 155 million. I don't know about you but an internet business that increases expenses (and doesn't benefit from economies of scale) with every new user it adds sounds like hustling backward. Link
👩⚕️ Some people who have survived contracting COVID-19are developing diabetes after recovering. That's not the worst of it, it appears there is no medical consensus as to why this is happening as medical experts don't know why. Link
📡 South African organizations will eventually get to the point where they are fully prepared for 5G, but at this point, we still have some way to go. Link
🛰️ Talking of 5G and fast internet access, Elon Musk's SpaceX' Starlink satellites are finally launched in space and already offering super-fast internet access depending on where you live on earth. I checked if the service is available in my neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa and it says it is due to be available in 2022. Link
🥑 Avocados are said to be among the most sensitive fruits to grow around the world. As such, SupPlant, an Israeli IoT startup, is using Artificial Intelligence to help grow South African avocados. SupPlant’s sensors, which measure the stress of the plant, are placed in 5 locations of the plant (deep soil, shallow soil, stem/trunk, leaf, avocado) and monitor plant and fruit growth patterns. Link
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