How coronavirus attacks the entire body — damaging the brain, kidneys and more


While the coronavirus is known to cause deadly respiratory problems, research is now showing the multitude of ways the disease can ravage the entire body.

Through a growing number of studies, reports and doctor’s experiences, the deadly virus has been linked to issues in everything from the brain to the toes.

Here is a breakdown of the ways COVID-19 can affect different parts of the body:

The coronavirus has been observed to turn eyes red, causing pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, in some patients.

Physicians have suggested that the condition develops in the severely ill and one study of 38 hospitalized patients in Hubei, China, found that a third had pinkeye.

Neurological symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, impaired consciousness, skeletal-muscle injuries have been documented among cases.

Chinese doctors in April published a study on nervous-system function in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found that patients can also experience more serious issues — including seizures and stroke, which occurs when a blood clot reaches the brain, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Doctors have seen alarming cases of myocarditis an inflammation of the heart muscle — in addition to irregular heart rhythms that can lead to cardiac arrest in coronavirus patients, according to the Washington Post.

“They seem to be doing really well as far as respiratory status goes, and then suddenly they develop a cardiac issue that seems out of proportion to their respiratory issues,” said Mitchell Elkind, a Columbia University neurologist and president-elect of the American Heart Association, told the outlet.

Sensory system
The loss of the ability to taste and smell has emerged as a peculiar symptom strongly associated with the virus.

Loss of taste and smell could be crucial symptoms of coronavirus
The condition, which is known as anosmia, was not initially recognized as a symptom of the virus, but data from a symptom-tracking app in one study found that 60 percent of people who tested positive reported losing their senses of smell and taste, according to researchers from King’s College London.

About a quarter experienced the strange symptom before developing other conditions, suggesting it may be an early sign of the virus.

The coronavirus also causes blood thickening and clots in the veins, according to doctors.

The clots can break loose and travel to the lungs and brain, potentially causing a deadly condition known as pulmonary embolism.

It’s still not known why the virus causes the blood clots to form, or why the body is unable to break them up.

Gastrointestinal system
Digestive issues, such as diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain, have been among the chief complaints of many patients.

Nearly half of the virus patients admitted to the hospital in the central…


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Coronavirus Ravages 7 Members of a Single Family, Killing 4

The matriarch of the large New Jersey family died Wednesday night without ever knowing that her two oldest children had died before her.

Grace Fusco, center, and her 11 children in a family photo.

Grace Fusco — mother of 11, grandmother of 27 — would sit in the same pew at church each Sunday, surrounded by nearly a dozen members of her sprawling Italian-American family. Sunday dinners drew an even larger crowd to her home in central New Jersey.

Now, her close-knit clan is united anew by unspeakable grief: Mrs. Fusco, 73, died on Wednesday night after contracting the coronavirus — hours after her son died from the virus and five days after her daughter’s death, a relative said.

On Thursday, another child who had contracted the virus, Vincent Fusco, died, the relative, Roseann Paradiso Fodera, said.

Three other children remain hospitalized, two of them in critical condition, said Ms. Paradiso Fodera, the family’s lawyer who is Mrs. Fusco’s cousin and is serving as a spokeswoman.

Mrs. Fusco’s eldest child, Rita Fusco-Jackson, 55, of Freehold, N.J., died Friday; after her death, the family learned she had contracted the virus. Her eldest son, Carmine Fusco, of Bath, Pa., died on Wednesday, Ms. Paradiso Fodera said.

Mrs. Fusco, of Freehold, died after spending Wednesday “gravely ill” and breathing with help from a ventilator, unaware that her two oldest children had died, Ms. Paradiso Fodera said.

Nearly 20 other relatives are quarantined at their homes, awaiting test results and praying in isolation, unable to join…

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Coronavirus can survive 5 weeks in body after infection: study : NY Post

Scientists have discovered that coronavirus could linger in patients for more than a month, which means it’s possible they could transmit the virus long after symptoms subside.

The duration of viral shedding — which is the length of time the virus can be transmitted from someone infected — was found in one instance to be 37 days after the person contracted the illness. The median duration was 20 days.

The findings, published in the Lancet this week, indicate that the current recommendation for isolation — two weeks — may not go far enough to prevent transmission of the virus.

Chinese researchers pulled medical records and lab data to track COVID-19’s presence in 191 patients treated at Jinyintan Hospital and Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital. Of the patients, 54 had died from the infection, which remained in their systems until death.

The results of the research have “important implications for both patient-isolation decision-making and guidance around the length of antiviral treatment,” Dr. Fei Zhou, of the Peking Union Medical College, writes in the report.

The study also notes that 48% of coronavirus patients had comorbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease, which decreased their odds of kicking the virus, along with old age.

Scientists also note that during the 2003 outbreak of SARS,…

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NEWS 86% of people with coronavirus are walking around undetected, study says

“Stealth” coronavirus cases are fueling the pandemic, with a staggering 86% of people infected walking around undetected, a new study says.

Six of every seven cases – 86% — were not reported in China before travel restrictions were implemented, driving the spread of the virus, according to a study Monday in the journal Science.

“It’s the undocumented infections which are driving the spread of the outbreak,” said co-author Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University Mailman School, according to GeekWire.

Using computer modeling, researchers tracked infections before and after the Chinese city of Wuhan’s travel ban.

The findings indicated that these undocumented infections with no or mild symptoms — known as “stealth” cases — were behind two-thirds of the reported patients.

“The majority of these infections are mild, with few symptoms at all,” Shaman said, Mercury News reported. “People may not recognize it. Or they think they have a cold.”

These “stealth” cases were then able to transmit..

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96 cases of Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Department of Health announced on Tuesday there are 20 new additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

It brings the statewide total to 96.​ Five of the new cases are in Cumberland County, which now has ten cases.​

Total numbers of tests that have been performed are not available, due to the number of people who are relying on commercial labs. However, 879 patients have tested negative for the virus.​

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has announced that workers in Pennsylvania impacted by the coronavirus may be eligible for workers’ compensation or unemployment benefits.​

“The best option is for employers to offer their employees paid time off,” said Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.

“If leave is not available and your job has been impacted by this new virus, you may be eligible for benefits either through unemployment or workers’ compensation. “​

Workers may be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits if: Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19;​  Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19;​  You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19, or​ you have been told to quarantine or self-isolate or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts. ​

You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace.

You may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation (WC) by notifying your employer to file a typical “disease-as-injury”

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Coronavirus cases reach 76 in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa, (WHTM) — The total number of coronavirus related cases reached 76 Monday morning after the Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed 13 additional positive cases of COVID-19.

Two cases are in Allegheny County, one in Bucks County; six in Montgomery County, two in Monroe County; and two in Philadelphia County.

The 13 new cases are being treated at home and at hospitals. As of Monday morning, 670 people have tested negative for coronavirus.

 “While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves,”

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Stocks crash as Trump says new normal could last months

Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 16, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.

It was another ugly day for US stocks. The Dow recorded its worst one-day point drop in history and its worst performance on a percentage basis since October 19, 1987, also known as “Black Monday.”

Stocks fell to session lows in the final hour of trading, as President Donald Trump said the outbreak could last until July or August. The Dow dropped more than 3,000 points at its worst.

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Taste of Berks (2020)

The Taste of Berks (2020) event was presented by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event featured over 40 different food and beverage vendors offering samples of their delicacies. The sponsors were Member’s 1st Credit Union, Chester Perfetto Agency and the Matt Wolf Team @ Remax.  Check out all the photos from the Taste of Berks (2020)!

Photo Credits: Joe DiRosa, Dave Zerbe Photography (Courtesy of the GRCA)

20 Things To Do in Berks County put together a list of 20 Things To Do in Berks County to celebrate 2020 and the end of the 2010’s. We have flying lessons, spas, luxury boxes, suites, cooking classes and so much more!

See how many of these items you can cross off your bucket list for 2020!

20 Things To Do in Berks County


1. Flying Lessons

Single engine plane

It is time to get the wind beneath your wings! Reading Airport has a number of providers who will be happy to get your flying lessons started in 2020.  Getting a pilot’s license isn’t as hard as you probably think. There are a couple of programs available and they require between 35 – 40 hrs of flight time depending on which options you chose.  Sylvia Hess is the Chief Flight Instructor at Reading Air and she said “Pilot’s license generally cost about $8,000 –  $10,000 to get your single-engine license. We do offer a Discovery Flight program for $139 which includes 30 mins of ground training, a pre-flight inspection and 30 mins of flight time where the student actually gets to perform some aerial maneuvers in the plane.”

She also mentioned they have a great program for veterans looking to get their commercial license where they can be reimbursed for 60% of the cost of tuition by the VA. If you are looking to book a Discovery Flight or get started on your pilot’s license check out


2. Visit Classic Auto Mall / Buy a Classic Car

Classic Auto Mall: 1964 Shelby Cobra 289
1964 Shelby Cobra 289
1958 Lister Jaguar Sports Racer
1958 Lister Jaguar Sports Racer







If you are interested in buying a classic car or just taking a tour of one of the largest collections of classic and specialty vehicles in the country then you are in luck, Classic Auto Mall is located right here in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Head down to Morgantown, PA and see 336,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to classic and specialty vehicles. Currently, Classic Auto Mall has for sale a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 for $925,000 and a 1958 Lister Jaguar Sports Racer for $640,000.


3. Get a Spa Treatment

Bell Tower Salon & Spa
Bell Tower Salon & Spa

A day at a great spa can rejuvenate your soul and bring out the best you. Massages, saunas, facials, and so, so much more are available at nearly every spa you can find. Looking for a couple of recommendations? Check out the Bell Tower Salon & Spa in Wyomissing where a variety of packages include The Scented Journey ($299), The BT Signature Package ($328) and The Couple’s Escape ($230).

For those of you looking for another option, I would recommend Alisha’s Spa Euphoria which I have heard great things about. Alisha’s Spa Euphoria has packages such as The Essential Experience ($235), Euphoria ($280), and the Just For Men ($190).


4. Rent a Luxury Box

Santander Arena, Reading PA

Santander Arena is home to the Reading Royals, concerts and a number of events throughout the year. If you truly want to attend a game or event in style, the best way is to rent one of the luxury suites for your glamorous night out. Luxury boxes hold up to 14 guests and an additional 4 standing room tickets can be purchased at an additional cost. Santander Arena offers a number of catering options from an open bar, appetizers, entrees and more for an additional cost! Tammy Dahms is the Sales & Client Services Manager at Santander Arena and she said “Luxury Suites for Royals games are $500 and for concerts, the price depends on the event ticket price. Generally, the suites go for about $2,000 for concerts but can go as high as $4,000 if it is a bigger name act”.  Santander Arena Group Sales


5. Upgrade Your Electronics

Samsung 98" 8k TV
Samsung’s 98″ 8k TV is $69,999 at Best Buy.

Stop by Best Buy and check out the new 8k TVs or upgrade your sound system with a Bose Lifestyle home entertainment system. Perhaps you are looking to upgrade the kitchen and get a new Samsung Chef Collection Smart Fridge? Now is the time!


6. Enjoy a Suite at the DoubleTree Hotel

DoubleTree Hotel Reading PA
DoubleTree Hotel, Reading PA

Going to see a concert, show or sporting event? Perhaps you just want a romantic night out of the house. The DoubleTree Hotel in Reading has been voted the #1 DoubleTree in the world and has 6 suites available for rent. Craig Poole has won various awards for excellence in running the hotel so be sure that you will receive first-class treatment. Make your reservations at


7. Take a Cooking Class

Chef Linda with Culinary Classroom Students
Chef Linda with her students.

The Culinary Classroom offers a variety of different classes to help those looking to improve their skills preparing fine cuisine.  Classes range from beginner to more advanced courses in fine cuisine. It is a great way to get out, be social, and pick up some skills to help satisfy your palate.

For those of you who are more adventurous, The Culinary Classroom offers trips like their A Private Taste of Tuscany ($4,990) where travelers spend a week in a luxury villa in Tuscany and learn to cook Tuscan cuisine from local celebrity chefs. The classes and the tours all look amazing, you can see more and sign up at


8. Set Your Charity Social Calendar

Berks County has a number of worthy causes that can use your support and there are a number of worthwhile events that help support these charities that are held each year. Virtually all of these events are worth the price of attendance and provide a chance to support some worthy causes. Some of the larger events are Laney’s Legacy of Hope Gala, Dancing with the Reading Stars, and the Night at the Reading Museum fundraiser Tickets usually sell out to these events well in advance!


9. Enjoy the Reading Craft Beer Festival

Reading Craft Beer Festival Logo

On April 18th, 2020 the Santander Arena hosts the Reading Craft Beer Festival which hosts over 75 different brewers showcasing their best libations for your tastebuds to consume. VIP tickets are available and provide ticket holders with early access and a VIP section with select craft beers and appetizers. Purchase tickets online!

If you cannot make the Reading Craft Beer Festival then stop by Chatty Monk’s actual brewery and grab a keg of locally brewed goodness for your man cave at home!


10. Play MiniGolf or Eat Dinner at the Reading Museum

Mini golf at the Reading Museum

The Reading Museum hosts a number of fantastic events throughout the year including Yoga at the Neag Planetarium, chances to play mini-golf through the museum at their Golfin’ in the Galleries event, and the Reading Museum’s Dinner Series that all help raise funds for their operation costs.


11. Buy a new 2020 Vehicle

2020 Corvette
2020 Corvette starts at $58,900

The most talked-about car for 2020 is easily the new mid-engine Corvette C8 which takes quite a bit of design elements from our Italian luxury automakers but let’s face it, the car easily looks like the best Corvette ever designed already. You can pick one up at Bob Fischer Chevrolet or visit Prices start at about $60,000 for the base model. For those of you who are collectors, VIN # 001 of this model recently sold for $3 million at Barrett-Jackson.

If you are for another type of luxury vehicle you can always visit Tom Masano who has both a BMW and Mercedes dealership.


12. Get Your Yoga On

bldg7 yoga photo
Class at BLDG 7 Yoga

Looking to stay fit, centered, and develop a peaceful self-presence? Yoga is a popular combination of exercise, stretching, and meditation. For thousands of years, the practice of Yoga has been passed on from generation to generation. Now it is time to get off your proverbial butt and stop procrastinating.

BLDG 7 Yoga offers a variety of classes for everyone from beginners to experts and is conveniently located on Park Rd. in Wyomissing. New to Yoga? BLDG 7 offers a 2 week ($40) and 4 week ($80) unlimited trial membership so you can dive right in and try and class that might interest you.


13. Start Your Own Collection of Crown Jewels

3.43 carat diamond
3.43 carats from London Blue for $214,188

Why should the Queen be the only one with Crown Jewels? It is time to get your Hollywood glam on and get ready for Oscar night! Visit London Blue located in West Reading and pick up this stunning 3.43 carat diamond with VS2 clarity for a mere $214,188.42 per their website.


14. Try the Kobe Waygu Tomahawk at Willoughby’s

Willoughbys Kobe Waygu Tomahawk
Willoughby’s Kobe Waygu Tomahawk

If you haven’t stopped by Willoughby’s to try the Kobe Waygu Tomahawk then you are missing out! For those of you have not tried Kobe Waygu beef then you should start salivating just about now. The cows are fed a special diet and according to some Japanese mythology, the cows even receive specialized massages to help the fat marble through the beef. This rare treat, which is usually flown in from Japan, is one of the best ways to spend your evening if you are a foodie or even just a steak lover. Willoughby’s even offers a Kobe Waygu Tomahawk for two!


15. Complete the Berks County Wine Trail

Berks County is home to a number of award-winning wineries that produce a variety of libations. Each year the number of wineries seems to increase and this year is no different. The Berks County Wine Trail now includes 10 vineyards and a meadery! This is definitely too much for a single day but choosing to visit a couple each month will result in what is sure to be an immensely satisfying experience. Check out for special events and pairings.


16. Join a Country Club

Heidelberg Country Club
Pool area at Heidelberg Country Club

It is never too early to start thinking about hitting the links and sweating through 18 holes a couple of times a week.  Perhaps you like to social scene at the bar, or like laying by the pool all Summer. Finding a great country club can be a rewarding experience for the whole family. They can be a hub for entertainment, activities,  and a destination of social gatherings all year round.  

There are a number of clubs in the area such as Berkshire Country Club and Ledgerock, but we recommend Heidelberg Country Club which has a fantastic course, 3 pools, two tennis courts, and a restaurant.


17. Stay Fit

Body Zone Indoor Arena
The indoor arena at Body Zone

Staying in shape and getting regular exercise is a staple of good health and luxury living. Getting to the gym and doing some cardio, lifting some weights and grabbing a bit of time in the sauna are staple activities of some of the most successful executives!

There are a number of gyms and athletic facilities in Berks County to help you reach your fitness goals. Body Zone is by far the most ambitious comprehensive gym and athletic facility, in Berks County. They have plenty of weights, cardio machines, an indoor track, swimming pool, ice skating rinks, and several indoor fields for members to enjoy. They have plenty of staff and trainers to help you enjoy every aspect of their first-class facilities.

Two other gyms that are recommended are Wyomissing Fitness which seems to cater to those who are a bit more serious about their fitness goals. Also, I recommend L. A. Fitness which is conveniently located, has a bit of a younger vibe and has a wonderful friendly staff.


18. Be Fashionably Chic and Update Your Wardrobe

Have Some Fun Today Moroccan Tote
Moroccan Tote by HSFT. $120


Those of you looking to add a little fun to your wardrobe should check out local designer  HSFT (Have Some Fun Today) by Stephanie Rado Taormina. HSFT is known for its fun designer T’s, athletic gear and bags. They even have a design shop at 504 S. Park Rd in Wyomissing where you can check out all sorts of HSFT goods and products.


Angela Pilat in a $949 corset dress by Glamtastik
Fashion Designer Angela Pilat in a $949 Corset dress by Glamtastik.

For those of you looking to add something a bit more chic to your wardrobe, local fashion designer Angela Pilat‘s brand Glamtastik produces a variety of fun sexy dresses for several different occasions. Glamtastik’s website has hundreds of custom designs available for every occasion from sexy cocktail dresses, custom corset couture, prom, Halloween and any occasion you need to dress like a rockstar! Prices range from about $295 all the way to $1,500 for the custom couture designs.

For the gentlemen, I suggest a designer subscription service like Trunk ClubTrunk Club will profile your style and send you monthly boxes of designer clothes based on your preferences. You only pay for what you keep and you get to update your wardrobe without ever leaving the house!


19. Rock Climbing or Tennis

Reading Rocks Rock climbing wall
Reading Rocks

Reading Rocks is an indoor rock climbing facility in Muhlenberg with a 35′ indoor rock climbing wall and over 8,000 sq ft. of climbing space located within the facility. Day passes start at $12 and they offer a 3-month membership for only $150.

If you lean more towards the sport of kings then Hillcrest Racquet Club is the place. Hillcrest Racquet Club offers members 6 indoor tennis courts, 3 outdoor courts, a gym and a viewing lounge for guests. Rates are extremely friendly and start at $28 a month for singles and $36 a month for couples.


20. Build or Buy Your Dream Home

Looking for the next upgrade to the luxury home with tennis courts and a pool, or are you looking to purchase your first home? Get pre-approved for a mortgage and find your dream home today! RealtyTopia provides a full suite of real estate services for those looking to purchase a home, sell a property or start a new business. Contact RealtyTopia’s Joe DiRosa at or call 610-390-1331 for a free consultation.


About the Author – 

photo of Joe DiRosa
Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at

Reading Film Fest (2019) has all the photos from the Opening Night Gala of the 2019 Reading Film Fest at the WCR Center for the Arts. Complimentary beverages were provided by Stony Run Winery

The afterparty was hosted by Lisa Tiger of C21 Gold at the Saucony Creek Brewery at the Franklin Street Station

Reading Film Fest Opening Night Gala


Afterparty hosted by Lisa Tiger @ Saucony Creek Brewery

Photo Credit: Joe DiRosa