Category Archives: Coronavirus

Who Dies From #COVID19 #Coronavirus in the U.S.?

Artist’s rendition of Coronavirus

In July, the CDC published data on the characteristics of 50,000 U.S. residents who died of COVID-19 between mid-Feb and mid-May, 2020.

Some points:

  • 55% were male
  • 80% were aged ≥65 years
  • 14% were Hispanic/Latino (Hispanic)
  • 21% were black
  • 40% were white
  • 4% were Asian
  • 0.3% were American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN),
  • 3% were multiracial or other race
  • race/ethnicity was unknown for 18.0%
  • median decedent age was 78 years (median means half who died were over 78, half were under 78)

CDC didn’t have much clinical data on all 50,000 decedents. But they were able to collect supplementary data on close to 11,000 of them;

  • 61% were male
  • 75% were aged ≥65 years
  • 24% were Hispanic
  • 25% were black
  • 35% were white
  • 6% were Asian
  • 3% were multiracial or other race
  • race/ethnicity was unknown for 6%
  • decedent age varied by race and ethnicity; median age was 71 years among Hispanic decedents, 72 years among all nonwhite, non-Hispanic decedents, and 81 years among white decedents. The percentages of Hispanic (35%) and nonwhite (30%) decedents who were aged <65 years were more than twice those of white decedents (13%)

What about underlying conditions among these 11,000 decedents for whom supplementary data was available?

At least one underlying medical condition was reported for 8,134 (76%) of decedents for whom sup­plementary data were collected, including 83% of decedents aged <65 years. Overall, the most common underlying medical conditions were:

  • cardiovascular disease (61%)
  • diabetes mellitus (40%)
  • chronic kidney disease (21%)
  • chronic lung disease (19%)
  • among decedents aged <65 years, 83% had one or more underlying medical conditions
  • among decedents aged ≥85 years, 70% had one or more underlying medical conditions
  • diabetes was more common among decedents aged <65 years (50%) than among those aged ≥85 years (26%).

From the CDC report

Regional and state level efforts to examine the roles of these factors in SARS-CoV-2 transmission and COVID-19-associated deaths could lead to targeted, community-level, mortality prevention initiatives. Examples include health communication campaigns targeted towards Hispanics and nonwhite persons aged <65 years. These campaigns could encourage social distancing and the need for wearing cloth face coverings in public settings. In addition, health care providers should be encouraged to consider the possibility of disease progression, particularly in Hispanic and nonwhite persons aged <65 years and persons of any race/ethnicity, regardless of age, with underlying medical conditions, especially diabetes.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Steve Parker MD, Advanced Mediterranean Diet

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#COVID-19 death rates reveal NY and NJ are #1 and #2

…Connecticut and Massachusetts didn’t do very well either.

Artist’s rendition of Coronavirus

From New York Post:

More than 32,000 New Yorkers have died from the coronavirus, a toll higher than any other state. New York also ranks second to the worst out of all 50 states, in deaths per million residents. Only New Jersey did worse.

You wouldn’t know it, listening to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who brags that his administration “tamed the beast.” Or the media that praise him and chide states with much, much lower death rates.

Cuomo is doing everything he can to coverup the errors. He’s stonewalling bipartisan efforts in Albany to investigate the deaths of thousands of elderly in nursing homes ravaged by the virus.

Legislators need to persevere, and in fact broaden their investigation to include the poor performance of many hospitals in the state. On March 2, one day after the first coronavirus case in New York was disclosed, Cuomo told New Yorkers not to worry because “we have the best health care system on the planet.” That’s a whopper. Patients treated for COVID-19 in hospitals here died at more than twice the national average.

Source: COVID-19 death rates reveal NY and NJ are states that failed the test

Steve Parker, M.D.

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QOTD: Ever Heard of the Democrat-CIA-Media Axis of Evil? #COVID19 #Coronavirus

You’re too close!

For your consideration, from Mike Whitney:

Let’s assume that the events of the last five months are neither random nor unexpected. Let’s say they’re part of an ingenious plan to transform American democracy into a lockdown police state controlled by criminal elites and their puppet governors. And let’s say the media’s role is to fan the flames of mass hysteria by sensationalizing every gory detail, every ominous prediction and every slightest uptick in the death toll in order to exert greater control over the population. And let’s say the media used their power to craft a message of terror they’d repeat over and over again until finally, there was just one frightening storyline ringing-out from every soapbox and bullhorn, one group of governors from the same political party implementing the same destructive policies, and one small group of infectious disease experts –all incestuously related– issuing edicts in the form of “professional advice.”

Could such a thing happen in America?

Source: Covid-19: Phase 1 of the “Permanent Crisis”, by Mike Whitney – The Unz Review

Obesity is a risk factor for developing a more severe case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus respiratory illness. Looks like the disease will be with us a while longer. Why not start working on that obesity problem today?

Not sure if you’re obese? Check your BMI.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Steve Parker MD, Advanced Mediterranean Diet

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Overlooked Frontline Workers During this #COVID19 Pandemic: Food System Workers 

Are you tired of this pic yet?

From The Journal of Nutrition:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) poses an occupational health risk to food system workers including farmers/producers, grocery store workers, emergency food system staff and volunteers (e.g., food pantry workers), and others. These food system workers have been pushed to the front-line of this pandemic, providing essential services that support food consumption for all Americans. Food system workers are some of the most economically vulnerable populations and are at risk of further financial disparities and contraction of COVID-19 during this pandemic. As we continue to grapple with the best strategies to support the food system and mitigate concerns around the spread of COVID-19, appropriate measures must be considered to better protect and support front-line food system workers that safeguard food access for all Americans.

Source: Food System Workers are the Unexpected but Under Protected COVID Heroes | The Journal of Nutrition | Oxford Academic

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#Coronavirus May Be All Over the Damn Hospital

Young Hank near the keyboard of my MacBook Pro

From Emerging Infectious Diseases:

To determine distribution of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19] in hospital wards in Wuhan, China, we tested air and surface samples. Contamination was greater in intensive care units than general wards. Virus was widely distributed on floors, computer mice, trash cans, and sickbed handrails and was detected in air ≈4 [meters] from patients.

Source: Aerosol and Surface Distribution of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 in Hospital Wards, Wuhan, China, 2020 – PubMed

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#Hydroxychloroquine Reduced Death Rate Significantly in #COVID19 Patients in Henry Ford Health System 

Intubated to prevent death

DETROIT – Treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19 – and without heart-related side-effects, according to a new study published by Henry Ford Health System.

In a large-scale retrospective analysis of 2,541 patients hospitalized between March 10 and May 2, 2020 across the system’s six hospitals, the study found 13% of those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died compared to 26.4% not treated with hydroxychloroquine. None of the patients had documented serious heart abnormalities; however, patients were monitored for a heart condition routinely pointed to as a reason to avoid the drug as a treatment for COVID-19.

The study was published today in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, the peer-reviewed, open-access online publication of the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID.org).

Patients treated with hydroxychloroquine at Henry Ford met specific protocol criteria as outlined by the hospital system’s Division of Infectious Diseases. The vast majority received the drug soon after admission; 82% within 24 hours and 91% within 48 hours of admission. All patients in the study were 18 or over with a median age of 64 years; 51% were men and 56% African American.

Source: Treatment with Hydroxychloroquine Cut Death Rate Significantly in COVID-19 Patients, Henry Ford Health System Study Shows | Henry Ford Health System – Detroit, MI

I had trouble finding  a link to the primary research article.

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U.S. Daily #COVID19 Deaths

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Note the Trend In #COVID19 Deaths In US

From covidtracking.com

 

ACE Inhibitors Not a Risk Factor for #COVID19 #Coronavirus

Probably at little risk of serious illness if she’s generally healthy

Early on in this pandemic, there was concern that people taking ACE inhibitor drugs for hypertension would be more prone to infection from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. From two new studies in NEJM:

In this large, population-based study, the use of ACE inhibitors and ARBs was more frequent among patients with Covid-19 than among controls because of their higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease. However, there was no evidence that ACE inhibitors or ARBs affected the risk of COVID-19.

Source: Renin–Angiotensin–Aldosterone System Blockers and the Risk of Covid-19 | NEJM

We found no substantial increase in the likelihood of a positive test for Covid-19 or in the risk of severe Covid-19 among patients who tested positive in association with five common classes of antihypertensive medications [including ACE inhibitors and ARBs].

Source

 

QOTD: Schlichter on #Coronavirus, Police Lawlessness, Rioting, and Self-Defense

No rule of law here. It’s the law of the jungle.

The Chinese coronavirus fiasco, the shocking killing of George Floyd, and the riots resulting from Democrat failure have taught the American people several things. One is that a surprising and sad number of law enforcement officers are willing to follow cheesy, stupid, and unconstitutional orders. A quick tour of social media will horrify you with the damage done to that support by video of stupid cops hassling civilians for going outside or trying to attend church. The people who long backed the blue feel stabbed in the back, and LEOs are going to have to work to earn back the support they lost because a lot of their comrades sided with Democrat bullies against the people.

Similarly, we have learned that the police are not necessarily going to be there for us. From that gooey tub of cowardice in Florida who let kids be murdered while he stood with a weapon outside the school – I can’t even type those words without sputtering in rage – to the MPD [Minneapolis Police Department] running away and letting criminals burn their building, do you feel comfortable putting your lives in the hands of such government employees? The one inspirational sight during the riots was a bunch of black Americans with modern rifles defending their businesses.