Vitamin D can help avoid second wave of coronavirus


14 Sep 2020.

American scientists from the Medical University of Chicago have named vitamins that can help prevent the second wave of coronavirus. It is about the consumption of foods containing vitamins A, B, C and D, LIFE reports.

According to researchers, people who have a lack of vitamin D in their bodies are twice as likely to get coronavirus. This element plays a huge role in the immune system, and its daily intake should be between 2.5 and 5 mcg. Scientists came to this conclusion on the basis of an experiment in which 500 US residents participated.

At the same time, the human body can get full vitamin D only if there is sufficient ultraviolet radiation. Nutritionists noted that this element can be obtained from food sources, the main among which are considered to be mushrooms, fish and seafood, egg yolks, cereals, cheese and fish oil.

Vitamin D stabilizes blood pressure and normalizes heart rate. In addition, it strengthens and restores the nervous system, and also prevents the development of cancer cells.

Expert Marina Apletaeva in an interview with reporters noted that she does not quite agree with colleagues from abroad who rely on vitamin D. According to her, groups A, B and C are also responsible for the quality of immunity, not less than vitamin D.

The specialist also recommended adding zinc-containing foods to the autumn diet. This trace element is responsible for metabolism and contributes to the successful course of immune responses. Zinc is abundant in chicken, low-fat cheese, almonds, beans, green peas, and pumpkin seeds.

Formerly LIVE24 reportedthat doctors continue to add to the list of “superfoods” that can cleanse and protect the body from certain diseases. This time, doctors named a plant famous for its unusual properties. It’s about capers. Experts say that from a “technical” point of view, capers do not fit the definition of vegetables or fruits. These small legumes are actually the immature flower buds of the Capparis spinosa shrub that grows in the Mediterranean region.


very cheap and long-known drugs help save the lungs with coronavirus

Cloving hospital on the basis of the Medical Scientific and Educational Center (ISSC) Moscow State University named after M.V.Lomonosov took the first patients on April 21 and completed his work on June 13. It turned out that it was possible to achieve the best treatment results for COVID-19 in Moscow. Over the entire period, 4 patients died, and among severe patients who got mechanical ventilation, the mortality rate was less than 14% (for comparison, the average for the city and the world was up to 70 – 80%). Eighteen doctors out of 220 employees of the hospital were infected with coronavirus, there were no deaths among the medical staff.

What approaches were used at the University Hospital of Moscow State University to achieve such results? We continue the conversation with the head. Department of Therapy, Faculty of Fundamental Medicine, Moscow State University, Head of the Department of Age-Associated Diseases, Medical Scientific and Educational Center, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Cardiologist Yana Orlova.


– Most of those who are ill or are afraid to get sick are worried about fibrotic changes in their lungs. They say that you have developed special therapy that can reduce the risk of developing fibrosis. Is it possible?!

– Yes, we launched an appropriate clinical study. There are no final results yet, but we have developed clinical practice.

“What did you do to save the lungs?”

– We used a combination of bromhexine and spironolactone (both are long-known very cheap drugs. – Ed.). Bromhexine is an expectorant that has been prescribed to patients with pneumonia and cough for many years. At the same time, experimental data showed that this drug can block a specific enzyme and impede the penetration of coronavirus into cells. True, it was on this effect that we counted to a lesser extent in inpatients, since such an effect is important mainly in the early stages of the disease. But the expectorant effect of bromhexine really helps patients with COVID. I heard that our colleagues in Peter launched a study of bromhexine for prophylactic purposes. We will wait for the results.

Coronavirus infected 18 doctors from 220 employees of the hospital, there were no deaths among the medical staffPhoto: Ivan MAKEEV


– The second drug – spironolactone – is traditionally widely used in cardiology for the treatment of heart failure, severe hypertension. It has a small diuretic, magnesium and potassium-preserving effect, continues Yana. Orlova. – It has several mechanisms through which it can be useful in coronavirus infection.

Firstly, a mechanism that prevents the development of fibrosis in general in the body. There are works that, in particular, show that spironolactone reduces fibrosis in the heart. At the same time, it is known that the tendency to fibrosis is not local, but systemic – where there is more inflammation, there will certainly be fibrosis. And we see, of course, fibrotic changes in the “covide” in our patients. Therefore, we prescribed spironolactone as a drug for the prevention of this process.

Secondly, this drug blocks sex hormone receptors, in particular testosterone. Some published studies suggest that “high-testosterone” men suffer from “covid” more often and develop more severe fibrotic changes. Therefore, blocking these receptors for several weeks during COVID treatment may be useful in reducing the severity of complications. We are not talking about a longer intake, since male patients are unlikely to agree with a decrease in testosterone levels in the long term.

And perhaps the most important point. In almost all of our patients, we observed hypokalemia (a decrease in potassium levels. – Ed.). With coronavirus infection, potassium is intensely excreted from the body, and scientific articles even suggest that hypokalemia serves as the trigger for a cytokine storm. So spironolactone has a real chance to reduce the risk of this dangerous complication. But the main thing, in my opinion, is that lowering the level of potassium in the body is extremely harmful to the heart and triggers life-threatening rhythm disturbances, increasing the risk of sudden death. We, like all others, replenished potassium with droppers, but it was more effective to retain it in the body with the help of spironolactone.

Men certainly get worse than women;  the elderly are heavier than the young;  overweight people are heavier than patients without excess weight Photo: Ivan MAKEEV

Men certainly get worse than women; the elderly are heavier than the young; overweight people are heavier than overweight patientsPhoto: Ivan MAKEEV


– Yana Arturovna, how many patients did you have on average?

– About 10 – 14 days. But someone and 50 days.

– Have you noticed signs by which it can be assumed that the disease in the person brought is likely to go the hard way?

– Such studies were carried out in the world, our clinical practice confirmed them. Men certainly get worse than women; the elderly are heavier than the young; overweight people are heavier than overweight patients. Men with a classic male type of baldness, a lot of facial hair, we can say brutal men get sick harder.

– Under what conditions did you discharge patients?

– We acted as close as possible to the recommendations Ministry of Health: so that the temperature for three days was not higher than 37.5 degrees; so that C-reactive protein (an indicator of inflammation) is lower than 10 mg / l, and saturation, that is, the level of oxygen in the blood, is higher than 96%.


– How often do you get sick doctors and nurses?

– In the first month no one got sick at all. We have a very powerful epidemiological service. The head of the sanitary-epidemiological department, a senior researcher, correctly organized the whole process, and for the first two weeks she personally worked in the sanitary inspection room at the exit from the “red zone” and helped doctors and nurses who were exhausted after the shift safely remove protective clothing.

Then both people’s fatigue and viral load accumulated. By the middle of the second month, sick people began to appear. There were no seriously ill patients. We treated part of the staff in our observation, part of it was treated at home. In total, 18 people were infected from the medical staff (less than 10%).

– Doctors take something for prevention? Vitamins C, D, Zinc?

– I saw the recommendations of American nutritionists, they speak out positively about taking zinc, melatonin and vitamin C. There were somewhat conflicting data on vitamin D. But we did not give any such recommendations to our employees. We have all the prevention was associated with minimizing contacts and other measures of epidemiological safety.

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After the scandal with the blockade, Olga Buzova angered with her appearance on May 9

Olga Buzova’s next venture provoked a new flood of popular anger. The leading singer angered the Russians with her appearance. But the public has not forgotten the scandalous tricks of the TV star, when she, sitting in a swimsuit at the table, licked a plate with the words “I’m a blockade.”

Olga Buzova on the occasion of May 9, I decided to talk about the feat of my great-grandfathersthan incredibly inspired her fans. However, then she began to publish photos and videos on which posed in a military uniform with bright makeup with a cap on his head. The artist threw a nurse’s handbag over her shoulder, and held a dandelion in her manicured fingers.

Olga Buzova went to the forest for a bright photo

“May 9th is the main, holy date in the life of each of us. This is a day of immense pride in the feat of true heroes who, without sparing life, defended our Motherland! We will forever keep in our hearts the memory of their courage! Thanks to you, we live 75 years under a peaceful sky! Tears of happiness for the Great Victory pour out of my eyes and tears of grief for those who are gone … “, reads the caption to the photo.

Great holiday

Wherein take off gold and platinum bracelets Buzova did not guess. Or did not consider it necessary. She read the poem Wind of War by Stepan Kadashnikov in memory of those killed at the front, and then presented with her boyfriend David Manukyan a cover for the song “Cranes”.

This finally infuriated users of the social network. They began to leave indignant messages, recalling the actress and the recent scandal with the blockade, and the glamorous Mother of God, and embarrassment at Epiphany.

Cranes.Premiere cover, 2020

“They don’t go to make-up in the war!”, “Show-off!”, “What are you doing again?”, “Have you tried any less makeup?”, “Why are you doing carnival on this day?”, “I made up and came to the forest for a photo “,” Cheap masquerade “,” This is called Spanish shame when she does it, but we are all ashamed “,” Very funny, you need to remove the bracelets, “the fans are indignant.

We are for peace … For love … May the war never return again …

Olga never responds to criticism and indignation of fans. Her favorite hate phrase: “The dog barks, and the caravan goes.”

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how Nadezhda Babkina restores health after pneumonia

Nadezhda Babkina on May 9 will certainly perform Victory songs. This time thousands of spectators will not applaud her – we celebrate the main holiday in self-isolation mode. And Nadezhda Georgievna herself is recovering after a serious illness, therefore she saves herself – there will be concerts, but later. But “Victory Day” will certainly sound in the house of the national artist. We tell how Babkina regains her health after being discharged from the hospital.

Recall that Nadezhda Georgievna was hospitalized with pneumonia, for almost a month we were worried about her health. The treatment required the introduction of an artist into a coma, Babkina coped, doctors saved the life of Nadezhda Georgievna – and now she is already at home. The situation was very serious. Nadezhda Babkina told about the course of the disease in Let They Talk, immediately after hospitalization and computed tomography of her lungs, she was transferred to intensive care:

“About 80% of the lungs were affected … Everything covered with film and dragged on: it’s such an infection, it manifests itself very quickly and starts working …” Later, the artist found out that at some point the situation became very serious: “The question was acute at the time the kidneys stopped working. Why? Details did not tell me. Probably it was scary, there were a lot of problems with me … “

Before discharge, CT showed that lung damage, according to the singer, decreased to 40%. Now Nadezhda Georgievna is not in a Moscow apartment, but in her country house in the suburbs. Therefore, she goes to special Lapino hospital for special physiotherapeutic procedures to restore lung function and rehabilitation. At discharge, the artist was prescribed home recovery (for 20 days): pills, injections – the artist tells her colleagues what she can do herself. Doctors ordered Babkin to do breathing exercises.

Nadezhda Georgievna says that the exercises are not easy, they are dizzy after them, but the artist is not lazy: she does it every day, because it’s important for the profession to restore the lungs as soon as possible. “Since we are singing, I have light accordions (squeezed – unclenched),” Babkina communicates with her colleagues and friends over the telephone — her voice is normal.

Nadezhda Babkina walks a lot – she lives in a country house (the singer was taken to the hospital from her Moscow apartment), and she came to rehab for fresh air outside Moscow. The actress is accompanied by a nurse Allochka – now the first assistant to Nadezhda Georgievna. “A beautiful little girl, Allochka, looked after me in the hospital, as though she was young, and hands like sledgehammers — I think all four will fall down. And she dragged me. From the bed to the toilet (I couldn’t walk). And – night is not night, she just lived with me, ”Babkina got used to her nurse. And Allochka went to her house – to help recover.

She goes to physiotherapy with her son, and Assistant Allochka is always nearby at home. Civilian husband Yevgeny Gor also raises spirits – he and his Hope have been 17 years old.

“He protects me, worships!” – the artist praises her Zhenya. There is something to praise – Gore kept the defense of journalists for a month: not a single interview or comment on Babkina’s health until she wrote out. Immediately after Nadezhda’s discharge, Eugene breathed a sigh of relief, and even cut himself off for joy! The precautions for self-isolation in this family are followed very strictly. Now Babkina even before washing her hands washes: he touches his face only with clean hands.

Nadezhda Babkina with common-law husband Eugene GorePhoto: Personal page of the hero of publication in social networks

The house has a special lamp that disinfects the air. The device for air disinfection in the rooms of Babkina was presented for an anniversary – even before the illness. Now come in handy! In March, Nadezhda Georgievna celebrated her 70th birthday; she is going to celebrate lavishly in the fall, when they are allowed to hold events. For the anniversary, the singer lost 23 kg in three and a half months: food was delivered to her ready diet. And in the hospital she dropped it again: I didn’t want to eat. Now she eats fully: as she began to recover she suddenly wanted sauerkraut.

Nadezhda Georgievna is not bored at home: the collective of her theater “Russian Song”, like all artists on self-isolation, but Babkina is engaged in current affairs, in touch with her employees. In the hospital, I didn’t communicate with anyone from friends: only with relatives, and when I got better, I watched TV. But now it receives calls and congratulations, we can say that with a second birth. Babkina says that she gave herself the command not to be afraid, to completely trust the doctors as soon as I entered the hospital: “When I looked in my eyes Shapovalenko Tatyana Vladimirov (the chief physician of the Medsi Design Bureau in Otradnoye – approx. Aut.) said that I believe you – my life is in your hands. ”

Recovery will not be quick – this artist understands, does not deny: no one knows yet – what consequences can be after an illness. But now there is more good news: according to the results of the analyzes, the doctors said that the immune system is restored.


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Doctors compared mortality of COVID and other infections

On the page of the doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov interesting information about the situation with infectious diseases in the world was published on the social network. And in particular that rotavirus infection causes hundreds of thousands of deaths per year in the world. Is the familiar and familiar rotavirus more dangerous than the coronavirus? “KP»Understands together with the immunologist, expert in public health and international health care, candidate of medical sciences Nikolay Kryuchkov.

– Of course, in addition to COVID-19, there are many other dangerous diseases in the world and these are not necessarily infectious diseases. Let me remind you that mortality from cardiovascular diseases is in the first place, also high mortality is associated with oncological diseases, in particular, lung cancer, and, of course, infectious diseases are also often the cause of death. However, the threat of rotavirus infection today is greatly exaggerated, said Nikolai Kryuchkov.

How many people die from rotavirus?

According to pessimistic estimates provided by the World Health Organization, around the world in 2013, 215 thousand children under the age of five died from rotavirus infection. According to other data obtained in international studies, this is 122 thousand deaths in 2013.

– The situation since 2013 in terms of mortality from rotavirus infection has not changed much. I think here we can talk about 200 thousand deaths per year among children under five years of age. Half of the world’s deaths occur in five countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Angola and Congo– emphasizes the immunologist Nikolai Kryuchkov. – In the media you can often find information that up to a third of deaths of children under five are caused by rotavirus. This is not true! The fact is that among all deaths of children under five years of age in the world, mortality from diarrhea accounts for about 8%, but among these 8% of deaths from diarrhea – from 25% to 30% are attributable to rotavirus. That is, it turns out about 200 thousand deaths of children under five years of age per year in the world, while more than 6 million children under five die in the world per year.

On the page of the doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov on the social network, interesting information was published on the situation with infectious diseasesPhoto: Ivan PROKHOROV

Is rotavirus disease relevant for Russia?

If you consider Europeyy region to which Russia, then the figures for mortality from diarrhea are lower than in developing countries. Mortality from diarrhea among children under five in Europe is 4% – 5% of all childhood deaths. About a quarter of them are rotavirus.

In Russia, according to WHO estimates, in 2013, 52 children under the age of five died from rotavirus infection, which is 0.3% of all other deaths of children under five years of age. Rotavirus infection is not the most common cause of death among children, and even more so among adults (the latter rarely die from rotavirus, so all statistics are data on the death of children – approx. Ed.).

– Rotavirus is a problem primarily in poor countries with a warm climate. For Russia, this is also a problem, but to a much lesser extent, ”said Nikolai Kryuchkov, a doctor. – It is important to emphasize that effective and safe rotavirus vaccines exist.

The incidence of rotavirus infection after the introduction of vaccination has decreased many times. In Russia, universal vaccination against rotavirus is not carried out, but, despite this, mortality is low, given that it is clear how to help such patients. The main thing here is replenishment of lost fluid and symptomatic therapy. Given these two factors — the availability of a vaccine and the development of affordable treatment — mortality from rotavirus is very low even among children from zero to five years old, not to mention adults. Among adults, these are isolated cases.

Who is worse: rotavirus or coronavirus?

According to epidemiologists, mortality (taking into account the number of deaths from the number of episodes of the disease) of rotavirus infection in the world is from 0.05% to 0.09%. This is comparable to mortality from seasonal flu. Yes, in the poorest countries it can reach up to 2%. However, in this case, only moderate to severe episodes are taken into account, and not all cases of rotavirus infection.

“With coronavirus infection, according to my most optimistic forecasts, the mortality rate in the world will be 2%,” says Nikolay Kryuchkov. – Let me remind you that now the mortality rate from COVID-19 in Russia is about 4%. AT Germany – 3.5%, and this is one of the best examples in Europe. Of course, a lot depends on how the data are kept and analyzed, but even though there are probably unaccounted cases, the mortality from coronavirus infection is much higher than the mortality from rotavirus. And the epidemic of coronavirus infection is still far from over.

“It is also important to understand that we are having a coronavirus pandemic, and the situation with rotavirus is under control.” The number of deaths from coronavirus is now growing, due to the fact that there is an increase in cases of infection. The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8%. Therefore, it is obvious that the situation with rotavirus is stable, and the coronavirus pandemic for us is not known how it will end. The coronavirus infection pandemic continues to grow, it is important to understand this, ”Nikolay Kryuchkov emphasized in a conversation with“ KP ”. – When we talk about the number of deaths from rotavirus, 200 thousand people a year around the world among children under five years of age are deaths that happened in a year! As we know, the coronavirus epidemic lasts about four months. This is significantly less than a year.

The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8% Photo: Ivan MAKEEV

The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8%Photo: Ivan MAKEEV

How many deaths from coronavirus infection will be in a year (given that, according to the data of May 3, 243,922 people died in the world – approx. Ed.)? Yes, there are other dangerous infections in the world, but many of them can be protected. This is Hepatitis B, and pneumococcal infection, tetanus, and so on. And Dr. Myasnikov rightly points out the need for widespread vaccination against the most dangerous and common infections. Unfortunately, there are no vaccines from COVID-19 yet, they will be ready by the spring of next year at best.

Also, an important difference between the course of rotavirus infection and coronavirus infection: hospitalization with rotavirus disease in developed countries is very rare. All necessary treatment conditions can be provided at home. With coronavirus, the patient often needs active therapy, which can only be provided in a specialized medical institution.


Dr. Myasnikov gives such statistics on mortality from infections (in the world for a year)

Measles (there is a vaccine) – 140 thousand deaths per year

Pneumococcus (there is a vaccine) – 2 -2.5 million deaths per year

Hepatitis B (there is a vaccine) – 650 thousand deaths per year

Tetanus (there is a vaccine) – 89 thousand deaths per year

Cervical cancer (there is a vaccine) – 250 thousand deaths per year

Tuberculosis (there is a vaccine) – 1.5 million deaths per year

Influenza (there is a vaccine) – 650 thousand-1 million deaths per year

Coronavirus (no vaccine) – 244 thousand deaths from the beginning of the spread

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Airbnb disaster drags hosts | Innovation

Bea’s apartment on Toledo Street, a stone’s throw from La Latina, worked very well on Airbnb. “Until all this started and all the reservations were canceled. From March, April and all the ones we had planned for the summer season,” says this woman from Madrid, who has been practicing holiday rentals since 2017.

The tourism sector is one of the most affected by the coronavirus crisis. The World Tourism Organization foresees a drop between 20% and 30% this year. This would translate into losses of between 30,000 and 50,000 million dollars worldwide. Airbnb charges the blow. Apart from massive cancellations, reservations are paralyzed in much of the world. In Spain, since March 20.

The projection of Transparent, an analyst firm in the short-term rental sector, calculates an occupancy of tourist apartments of 11% at the end of April, when in 2019 they were at 38%. The forecast for mid-summer is 16%, compared to 60% last year. In order to defuse its economic losses, Airbnb has raised $ 2 billion in debt and investment. Their accounts before the pandemic did not have a positive balance. Although it billed $ 4.8 billion in 2019, recorded losses of 674 million.

In its fall, Airbnb drags thousands of people (only in Spain there are offers 300,000 properties) who rent their apartments or rooms on the platform. Despite the presence of real estate funds, smallholders are still a very relevant part of the offer. From the company they affirm that in Spain, 50% of the hosts have stated that they need the income they get from travelers to make ends meet.

Bea’s 58-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment provided a steady stream of income for her and her partner. “We bought it three years ago as an investment and we started testing on Airbnb. It has always worked very well for us.” They earned between 1,600 and 2,300 euros a month.

“We paid the mortgage with what we earned from the rent,” says Bea. “This month will be zero income, so we have to take care of our money.” He explains that the earnings from the flat do not touch them, but now “heck them, because they are savings.” They live with their two children in another apartment in Madrid, also with a mortgage.

Bea, who offered her Airbnb apartment to the Community of Madrid to welcome restrooms without getting a response, is a travel agent. This now almost ensures ERTE. In your case, it has been fulfilled: your company has cut 90% of the workforce until 2021.

Iván lives in the center of Barcelona, ​​in L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample. She has been renting a room in her house since 2014. “In April the high season started, so it had a 90% occupancy,” he says. “Where I live we are in a good area, so we usually have no problem with the location.”

His Airbnb income – about 1,500 euros – gave him to cover the rent, which two years ago suddenly raised 300 euros. “I am on leave and it was a good help, let’s say, to live well. It has helped us to continue living here. If not we would have to be living in a place much further away ”. He worked in hospitality, his partner is a teacher and they also have two children.

Airbnb has established a relief fund to the 250 million dollar hosts. It will apply to reservations made until March 14 that cover dates between that day and May 31. The company will pay 25% of the amount that the host would have received according to its cancellation policy. This nuance is important, because if the policy was flexible (free cancellation up to two days before entry), it will be more difficult to access these grants. According to Transparent, 39% of hosts work with flexible policies. Another $ 17 million fund has also been created to help so-called ‘superhosts’ who need rental or mortgage help. Aid will begin to arrive this April.

Iván is pending the emails that Airbnb sends him these days, to find out if he can avail himself of the aid. Recovery does not see it close. “Everyone gives up until August.” With little conviction he adds that the income could return in that last phase of the summer. “We hope it will come back again, but everything is uncertainty.”

Traditional long-stay rental is postulated as an alternative to tourist rental. Airbnb itself tries to direct efforts towards this field, with a view to welcoming students or people who spend time away from home for work. Some hosts have chosen this path on their own. Bea has tried to put her apartment on Calle Toledo in Idealista, for 800 euros a month. In five hours five people and an agency called him. “We have had the idea of ​​putting it up for long-term rental to at least cover expenses,” he says.

From Idealista they reply that they have not noticed a flood of flats from the tourist rental, but they recognize that this phenomenon would be difficult to measure. This is also not an immediate solution. “Everything is stopped,” Bea says. “Right now you can’t show the floor. And logically people want to see and be on the floor before signing anything.” In addition, Bea and her partner have a doubt: “We do not know if by renting it in a long stay we lose the vacation rental license,” he says, referring to the permit granted by the Madrid City Council and which they have had since they started this.

The flight to the field

In the municipality of Candeleda, in the province of Ávila, Pedro has two cabins that he rented for Airbnb. They are two houses lined with wood to give them the rural touch that the enclave deserves. Visitors have access to a six-hectare farm, crossed by a small forest and from which you can see the Sierra de Gredos. His thing was the weekend getaways. “We had booked Easter and in early April,” says the owner. “They were just over 600 euros, which fixed me the month.”

These types of rural accommodation offer better forecasts than urban ones, according to the analyst firm AirDNA, specialized in vacation rental. They attribute this tendency to the search for social distancing. Transparent data They highlight that some rural departments in France, such as Lozera and Haute Saône, had large increases between March 11 and 25 (the country entered confinement on March 17). At the same time, both Paris, the Alps and the Cote d’Azur region suffered sharp falls.

Pedro has been asked about his cabins. A client who has been there before wants to stay the entire month of July. “We have had few long stays. We worked more on weekends. Sometimes we have had people a week in a row, but an entire month has never been rented, “he says. Although above all there is uncertainty. The owner of the cabins knows that after the coronavirus storm will come “the matter of the people’s economy”, as he says.


Colorado’s bill to extend the loan of water to the environment has broad support

Stagecoach Reservoir on the Yampa River was part of a temporary water loan under the CWCB flow program. House Bill 20-1157, which aims to expand the program, is making its way through the legislature with broad support.
Brent Gardner-Smith / Aspen Journalism

A bill aimed at expanding Colorado’s instructor flow loans is moving through the state legislature and has the support of agricultural water users, first-line water service providers and environmental organizations, in contrast to last year, when the bill met with opposition.

House bill 1157, which approved the House last week with a 60-0 unanimous vote, would allow water rights holders to temporarily lend their water to the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s flow management program with the aim to improve the natural environment.

The account expands the number of years from three to five (but for no more than three consecutive years) in which a loan can be exercised within a 10-year period. The loan can also be renewed for another two 10-year periods, which means that holders of agricultural water rights could theoretically lend their water for the benefit of the environment for 15 of 30 years.

Environmental groups, including The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Sierra Club and Conservation Colorado, support legislation, as well as water user organizations, including the Colorado Water Congress, Denver Water, Northern Water and the Grand Valley Water Users Association.

HB 1157 is sponsored by Senator Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) and District 26 representative Dylan Roberts (D-Avon), both of whom presented a similar bill last year. This year’s iteration was sponsored by District 57 representative Perry Will (R-New Castle).

After the bill was rejected in last year’s legislative session, Roberts knew he had work to do before bringing it back to lawmakers, so he spent the summer and autumn talking to many stakeholders about how. improve it.

“I represent the counties of Eagle and Routt, which are home to four major river systems, and I know how vital it is for the Roaring Fork Valley, the Eagle River Valley and the Yampa River Valley to have a really strong flowing river,” he said.

The Eagle, Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers flow through Eagle County and the Yampa River flows through Routt County.

“Instream flow loans allow people to lend water and help the river without losing their water rights,” said Roberts.

In the new bill, lawmakers have added additional protections for water rights holders, increasing the possibility for people to apply for a loan. The legislation quadruples the comment period from 15 to 60 days so that those who believe they can be harmed by a water loan have enough time to raise their concerns with the state engineer.

Colorado’s in-stream flow program offers the CWCB the ability to hold water rights specifically to preserve the natural environment “at a reasonable level” by keeping the water flowing in the river. Since 1973, CWCB has appropriated in-stream flow rights on over 1,700 flow segments, covering over 9,700 miles of flow.

Instream’s water rights are managed under Colorado’s previous appropriation system. And, since none of the instream rights were in effect before 1973, most of them are water rights for junior to senior farmers. Those rights, which can be traced back to 1860 in Colorado, have a higher priority in the “first in time, first in right” doctrine.

The rights of seniors hijack significant amounts of water from the state’s rivers and streams and may even dry up some sections in the drought years. However, the state in-stream flow program allows owners of these senior water rights not to use their irrigation rights and instead to leave their irrigation water in the river on a temporary basis to support low flows. And the new legislation expands that option.

The temporary loan program – where water rights owners offer, in exchange for payments, to contribute water to one of these segments with an existing flow right – has only been used seven times since its creation in 2003. In division 5, temporary water loans occurred in Deep Creek, the Fraser River and the Colorado River.

CWCB officials estimate two to four additional loans under the program in the coming years.

In the past, sprinklers have been paid to lend their water by the state, Trout Unlimited or Colorado Water Trust.

According to Linda Bassi, head of the CWCB Stream and Lake Protection section, the loan program can help boost flows in late summer when flows are low, temperatures are high and fish are stressed.

“It’s a really useful tool for tool streams that don’t reach,” he said. “It is always helpful to have multiple tools to help preserve the environment.”

The bill garnered support from the Colorado River Water Conservation District, based in Glenwood Springs, which helped shape the renewed 2020 bill with its contribution. The River District Council voted unanimously in support of the measure, according to Zane Kessler, director of government relations.

“Representative. Roberts went out of his way to make sure the bill met the needs of the river district and provided significant protections to our voters on the west side and users of agricultural water resources across the state,” said Kessler.

In addition, the legislation requires the CWCB to give preference to loans of water stored in reservoirs, where available, over agricultural water rights diverted directly from rivers and streams. This provision was included at the request of the River District.

Kirsten Kurath, attorney for the Grand Valley Water Users Association, said lawmakers have partnered with the association last year to improve the bill since 2019.

“In general, I think the bill is much more protective now than other users of water rights in the stream,” Kurath said.

The bill is now being examined by the state Senate.

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