Obesity, COVID-19, and BMI

Study Says Obesity Raises Risk of Death from Covid-19 Among Men – The New York Times: Older age and chronic health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease are known to increase the risk of severe Covid-19. The Centers for Disease Control and...

Marion County denied! (Sort of)

County fails to meet state’s already lax criteria, gets turned down. Not a great look for the commissioners. Marion County (and Polk County, too) won’t be re-opening on Friday despite the efforts of county commissioners. Next review by the Oregon Health...

Salem-area backlash

Assuming that the governor is acting within her lawful authority—I would think she is, but I’m not an attorney—it’s hard to see how this business owner isn’t in legal trouble. That’s to say nothing of the public relations nightmare....

Early May

The move to convalescent plasma as a frontline treatment has been frustratingly slow. This was an obvious treatment choice (to me at least) back in March. On the brighter side, we continue to see success stories that involve convalescent plasma. We’re also...

COVID-19 fatality rate

The COVID-19 fatality rate is very high compared to influenza. The broad expectation is that increased testing will show the actual rate (collectively 3.4% right now according to the WHO) is lower.Crucially, the fatality rate is highly age-dependent and adults,...