Tuesday’s Newspapers: Vaasa Covid outbreak, Trump ‘psychosis’ and hot but humid weather | News

A Finnish doctor suggests Donald Trump’s treatment could have been different in Finland.

Vaasa Hospital is busier than usual with Covid patients. Image: Jarkko Heikkinen / Yle

The coronavirus outbreak in Vaasa made the news on Monday, with most newspapers carrying a story or two about the impact on daily life.

Local newspaper Ilkka Pohjalainen reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that the municipality estimates that the epidemic is spreading widely in the community, with more than 90 cases per 100,000 inhabitants reported in the past two weeks.

This led to a series of restrictions, including a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. The city’s social and health committee also strongly recommends that people limit the gatherings they organize to a maximum of 20 participants.

Iltalehti heads towards (siirryt toiseen palveluun) the town of Ostrobothnian to test the atmosphere, finding that in at least one downtown supermarket, no one shopped without a face covering.

Shoppers told IL the rise in cases was shocking, with some saying the impression had been created that Covid-19 is not spread by young people and does not pose a danger to them. Students have been hit hard by the virus in Vaasa.

Commercial broadcaster MTV reported (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that around 400 people are currently in quarantine after coming into contact with a confirmed case, and the city’s chief medical officer said he expected that number to reach around 1,000.

IL Reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that the situation has had drastic effects on sporting events, among others. The Vaasan Sport men’s ice hockey team was supposed to play its first home game of the season on Saturday, but that is no longer possible.

Vaasan Sport are hoping to play their first four home games of the season on the team’s away rink, to avoid a pile-up of fixtures later on.

Trump’s “psychosis”

As donald trump leaves the hospital for the White House, attention turned to the care he received and is receiving to be able to get out so quickly.

Tero Varpula from Jorvi d’Espoo Hospital said the steroid dexamethasone can help in severe cases of Covid-19, but if given too soon it can interfere with the immune system’s response needed to fight infection.

Trump doesn’t look so sick he might need dexamethasone, according to Varpula, who added that Trump’s decision to give a much-criticized drive-through to fans outside the hospital might have been influenced by the use of dexamethasone.

Varpula said corticosteroid-induced psychosis is a “known phenomenon.”

“It brings out the manic traits,” Varpula said. “If the guy has it to begin with, it’s no surprise that even a small dose can add extra dimensions.”

Wet but mild weather en route

A warmer-than-usual October has weather watchers worried, but is expected to continue even as wetter conditions set in in Finland.

As far north as Lapland, temperatures of up to 10 degrees are expected. The southerly wind should remain in place until at least Thursday.

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