COVID-19 Update
  • World 95,553,377
    World
    Confirmed: 95,553,377
    Active: 25,244,466
    Recovered: 68,267,679
    Death: 2,041,232
  • USA 24,482,050
    USA
    Confirmed: 24,482,050
    Active: 9,646,497
    Recovered: 14,428,351
    Death: 407,202
  • India 10,572,672
    India
    Confirmed: 10,572,672
    Active: 208,874
    Recovered: 10,211,342
    Death: 152,456
  • Brazil 8,488,099
    Brazil
    Confirmed: 8,488,099
    Active: 866,577
    Recovered: 7,411,654
    Death: 209,868
  • Russia 3,591,066
    Russia
    Confirmed: 3,591,066
    Active: 546,265
    Recovered: 2,978,764
    Death: 66,037
  • UK 3,395,959
    UK
    Confirmed: 3,395,959
    Active: 1,771,962
    Recovered: 1,534,736
    Death: 89,261
  • France 2,910,989
    France
    Confirmed: 2,910,989
    Active: 2,632,635
    Recovered: 208,071
    Death: 70,283
  • Italy 2,381,277
    Italy
    Confirmed: 2,381,277
    Active: 553,374
    Recovered: 1,745,726
    Death: 82,177
  • Iran 1,330,411
    Iran
    Confirmed: 1,330,411
    Active: 154,471
    Recovered: 1,119,137
    Death: 56,803
  • Ukraine 1,163,716
    Ukraine
    Confirmed: 1,163,716
    Active: 271,651
    Recovered: 871,196
    Death: 20,869
  • Indonesia 917,015
    Indonesia
    Confirmed: 917,015
    Active: 144,798
    Recovered: 745,935
    Death: 26,282
  • Pakistan 521,211
    Pakistan
    Confirmed: 521,211
    Active: 34,986
    Recovered: 475,228
    Death: 10,997
  • Philippines 502,736
    Philippines
    Confirmed: 502,736
    Active: 26,839
    Recovered: 465,988
    Death: 9,909
  • Saudi Arabia 364,929
    Saudi Arabia
    Confirmed: 364,929
    Active: 1,919
    Recovered: 356,687
    Death: 6,323
  • Nepal 267,322
    Nepal
    Confirmed: 267,322
    Active: 3,919
    Recovered: 261,444
    Death: 1,959
  • Ecuador 231,482
    Ecuador
    Confirmed: 231,482
    Active: 17,831
    Recovered: 199,332
    Death: 14,319
  • Dominican Republic 193,118
    Dominican Republic
    Confirmed: 193,118
    Active: 47,631
    Recovered: 143,050
    Death: 2,437
  • Honduras 134,111
    Honduras
    Confirmed: 134,111
    Active: 70,625
    Recovered: 60,132
    Death: 3,354
  • Uzbekistan 78,036
    Uzbekistan
    Confirmed: 78,036
    Active: 879
    Recovered: 76,538
    Death: 619
  • Albania 67,690
    Albania
    Confirmed: 67,690
    Active: 25,960
    Recovered: 40,453
    Death: 1,277
  • Montenegro 55,493
    Montenegro
    Confirmed: 55,493
    Active: 9,400
    Recovered: 45,348
    Death: 745
  • DRC 21,060
    DRC
    Confirmed: 21,060
    Active: 5,616
    Recovered: 14,810
    Death: 634
  • Malawi 12,470
    Malawi
    Confirmed: 12,470
    Active: 6,120
    Recovered: 6,036
    Death: 314
  • Equatorial Guinea 5,365
    Equatorial Guinea
    Confirmed: 5,365
    Active: 88
    Recovered: 5,191
    Death: 86
  • Anguilla 15
    Anguilla
    Confirmed: 15
    Active: N/A
    Recovered: 15
    Death: N/A

CDC identifies a death potentially linked to vaping

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that it identified 193 cases of severe lung illnesses, which are potentially linked to vaping. Further, the patient in one of those cases — involving patients aged 17 to 38 and recorded between June 28th and August 20th this year — died in Illinois after being hospitalized. While one of the reasons people vape is to stop smoking, which is one of the leading causes of death in the world, we still don’t have a full understanding of its long-term effects. That’ll probably be a subject a lot of researchers would tackle going forward.

To be clear, the CDC hasn’t confirmed yet whether the patients’ lung conditions were truly caused by vaping. Investigators looking into the cases haven’t even found a common link yet, other than the fact that the patients vape. Some of them admitted using tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which causes the “high” in marijuana, and American Vaping Association president Gregory Conley is reportedly confident that the illnesses were caused by devices containing cannabis.

CDC official Ileana Arias said, however, that “[m]ore information is needed to know what is causing these illnesses.” Authorities are investigating several theories, including the possibility that the illnesses are caused by toxic substances like heavy metals, such as lead, or specific flavorings. The lung injuries doctors have been seeing are consistent with chemical inhalation injuries, after all, and the FDA has no control over the ingredients manufacturers are using.

FDA Center for Tobacco Products director Mitch Zeller said the agency is already testing products to figure out if they contain harmful substances. Its findings would only be helpful if the illnesses truly are being triggered by substances in commercial products, though. See, another theory is that people are emptying out commercial nicotine pods and filling them with concoctions of their own containing various chemicals, including THC oil.

Zeller said various government agencies are already using a lot of resources to investigate the problem, seeing as it seems to be growing as the days go by. The number of cases has more than doubled over the past week, and the patients are showing extensive, even permanent, lung damage requiring days on a ventilator. Before their situation became that serious, patients reported a gradual start of symptoms that include breathing difficulties, vomiting, nausea, chest pain and fatigue.

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