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One Sure Sign of COVID Every Woman Should Know

A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that some people were not fully recovering from the virus. Even those whose initial symptoms were mild were experiencing prolonged health complications, including fatigue, fever, headaches, and loss of sense of taste or smell. Health experts refer to the condition as long COVID and those who suffer from it, long haulers. Now, women who fall into this category are reporting a peculiar new symptom: prolonged menstrual cycles. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.  1 You May Experience Irregular Periods, Blood Clots, Symptom Flare-Ups According to a new report from Medical News Today, women in long hauler support groups and on social media have been sharing their experiences, revealing how the longer than usual periods have impacted their quality of life. They also interviewed six individuals who reported the symptom and Dr. Linda Fan, assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the section chief of Gynecology and the Director of Gynecologic Quality and Safety at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.According to their report, the majority of the women they interviewed explained that since recovering from COVID-19, their periods have been irregular, their period blood has been usually clotting, and they have been experiencing worse than usual PMS. In fact, every single woman reported at least one change to their cycle. “I noticed that my menstrual cycles changed immediately when I became ill [with COVID-19],” one woman told MNT.”Two weeks into my COVID-19 battle, I was supposed to get my period, and nothing came. I figured to myself, ‘I must be really sick. It will come next month.’ But nothing came the next month, either. Eight months later, and I’ve only had five periods.”Another woman in her mid-40s who believes she was infected in March, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, also reports an irregular cycle. “In May, I skipped a whole month’s cycle of having a period. In June and then July, it returned, but [it was] very erratic, lasting a lot longer and stopping and starting,” she explained.One woman in her late 40s reported unusual blood clots in their menstrual discharge. “I didn’t notice anything different during the initial onslaught of COVID. It wasn’t until 3 months later […] when some symptoms came back that I noticed a change. I noticed an increase in clots — but quite a bit.”My cycles have been more irregular — [going from] 24 to 28 days. The first 3 months, I had big clots that were very alarming for me, and I had to take a photo, and I sent it to the [family doctor] who said [that] this is normal,” revealed another woman. “I know for sure it isn’t normal [for me].” She also noted that the severity of her long COVID symptoms would increase around the time that she would get her period: “A week before my period I would relapse and [also become] more breathless.” 2 You May Suffer Decreased Quality of Life Many of the women explained that the symptoms — specifically those related to their menstruation — have decreased their quality of life. For example, the painful periods have them housebound and even impacted their mental health as they are worried about what is going on. “I feel like I have PMS all the time. COVID has [also] made me more sensitive emotionally, and I am aware of emotional ups and downs that I’m having now that I didn’t have before,” stated one of them. RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 3 Doctors Can’t Help Some of These People The women claim doctors haven’t been able to help treat the issues. “With regard to my period, my [gynecologist] just says it’s due to the stress that my body is going through due to this illness, while all other healthcare professionals do not care, since having periods is normal (they don’t put it into a context that I haven’t had periods for the past 10 years),” one explained. “I have seen my doctor, but not just [about] the period change, but for overall post-COVID help, and [they were] unable to help me. [Her doctor] immediately dismissed any COVID relationship [regarding the impact on menstruation],” added another. Another explained that doctors are more concerned about other symptoms.”In general, medical […] advice is lacking for the entire COVID illness, [and more so] with regard to periods. I’ve been told [that it is due to] ‘stress and anxiety’ by the majority of doctors for every symptom. I’ve worked in the medical device field in women’s health, so I’m very aware of these issues — the gender bias is ingrained in medicine, and add [COVID] to that… I’ve been through lots of stress in certain periods of my life and have never had any of these symptoms.” 4 It Could Have to Do With Stress While it’s unclear why menstrual cycles are impacted by the virus, Dr. Fan points out that it could be due to stress. “Stress itself is well-known to cause menstrual irregularities by disrupting the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (essentially the hormonal system that the brain uses to speak to the ovaries),” she said. “We see this in [people who] experience other chronic diseases, life-stressors, anxiety and or PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder].”  5 There Could Be Long-Term Repercussions Dr. Fan hypothesized that the virus could have a long term impact on female reproductive organs.”The published information on the effects of SARS-CoV-2 is fairly sparse. However, there is some biologic plausibility that the virus could attack ovarian function directly based on some of the effects of the virus on other organs,” she said. “[S]mall studies out of China this year have revealed that 25% of people with COVID have menstrual changes. These appear to return to baseline after the person recovers, and there is nothing to indicate changes in fertility.”According to one of the studies she references, published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online of 177 individuals with COVID-19 with menstrual records, 45 (25%) reported changes in the volume of menstrual blood, and 50 (28%) experienced changes to their menstrual cycles, including lighter bleeding or longer-lasting periods.RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci 6 Speak with Your Doctor if You Experience These Changes If you experience prolonged periods, “one or two delayed or changed periods should not cause too much anxiety in the setting of COVID-19 infection,” says Dr. Fan. However, she encourages women to speak with their doctor about these types of symptoms. “It’s appropriate to let your [doctor] know that you’ve had some menstrual irregularity. They may wish to perform other tests, such as a blood count to check for anemia, possible pregnancy, or thyroid function,” she said. “If the bleeding is heavier than usual or lasts longer than you feel comfortable with, hormonal treatment options may be available. But knowledge is power, in this case. I think just knowing that it is an expected side effect is reassuring,” she added.As for yourself, follow his fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

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Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .

 

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver

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EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)

 

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

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Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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