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Friday, July 3 2020


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If this highly suspicious, 13-ton shipment of human hair indeed turns out to be linked to the Uighur concentration camps, then this is a new low—even for the Chinese Communist Party—and they will have to answer to the world community for their actions.

That’s a US national security official responding to the confiscation of a very large Chinese shipment of wigs, weaves and other human hair products. The reason: They were likely made in forced labour camps for Uighur women—and perhaps from their own hair. Shaving heads of detainees is standard practice at these camps. China is the largest exporter of hair in the world. Human right activists note that it has reported a 78% increase in production of human hair from 2017. Read more here. Illustration: Parth Savla

the big story

The ‘long haul’ road to Covid recovery

The TLDR: A number of patients who have recovered from Covid-19 are reporting symptoms months after they have been ‘cured’. And some of these conditions have destroyed their quality of life. Doctors are struggling to understand why this is happening. The big reason: the virus can attack virtually every organ in the body, and no one knows exactly how it works. 

 

The ‘long haulers’ 

That’s what these patients call themselves. They are still displaying a variety of puzzling symptoms up to 100 days after recovery. These can include breathing difficulties, elevated heart rate, chronic fatigue and even cognitive problems—like brain fog, hallucinations and short-term memory loss.

 

The important bit: noted by the Wall Street Journal: “Many patients are younger and had previously been healthy, with Covid cases initially considered mild to moderate.”

 

The estimates of the number who experience such problems vary widely. One Oxford researcher puts it at 10% of all cases. A US expert studying such patients claims it may be as high as 5% to 15%.

 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The pandemic numbers
  • A big arrest in the Epstein case
  • The Ladakh effect
  • Transgender jawaans ahead?

 

Smart And Curious

  • This ‘street map’ of Mauritius will let you hang on the beach
  • Indian version of the Getty Museum Challenge
  • Dating in the time of a pandemic
  • Black nudes of Somaya Critchlow
  • The overlooked collateral damage of Trump’s war on techies

 

Life Advisory

A list of good sleep-in guides

  • How you can reset your internal clock
  • How to go to sleep
  • How sleep-deprived are you?
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