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Obesity increases risk of dying from COVID-19 by nearly 40%

A major problem with policy-making concerning the COVID-19 Wuhan coronavirus is its novelty, which means we just don’t know a lot about this virus.

Since its outbreak in China last year (most probably as early as October 2019), scientists worldwide have been furiously studying the virus, while more people have been and are being tested for the virus. As a result, we now know that the death rate of COVID-19 is much lower than we’d been told — 0.3-0.4% instead of 3.0-4.0%. (More on Covid-19’s inflated death rate in a post to come.)

That being said, a mortality rate of 0.3% to 0.4% is still 3 to 4 times more dangerous than the seasonal flu, also a coronavirus, the death rate of which is about 0.1%. Professor Calum Semple, a consultant respiratory pediatrician from Liverpool University, said the mortality rate of Covid-19 is similar to those hospitalized with Ebola:

“Covid-19 is a very serious disease. Crude hospital case fatality rate is of the same magnitude as Ebola. And people don’t get this. If you come into hospital with Covid-19 disease and you’re sick enough to be admitted, crude case fatality rate is sitting somewhere between 35 and 40 per cent. And that’s the same case crude case fatality rate for someone admitted to hospital with Ebola…. [P]eople need to…get it into their heads. This is an incredibly dangerous disease.”

You probably already know that the most vulnerable population are (CDC):

  • The elderly (65 age and older).
  • Those living in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
  • Those with underlying medical conditions (“co-morbidities”) of diabetes, respiratory diseases including COPD and (moderate to severe) asthma, hypertension and serious heart conditions, chronic kidney disease (undergoing dialysis), liver disease, and immuno-compromised. Diabetes, according to data from several sources, increases the risk of death from Covid-19 up to 50% because it is a major risk factor for the development of severe pneumonia and sepsis due to virus infections. (Medscape, April 28, 2020)
  • Males: a not-yet-published study suggests that the testes/testicles might act as a reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 or the Wuhan virus. (Medical News Today, April 28, 2020)

A less publicized risk factor is obesity.

Thomas Burrows reports for The Sun, April 29, 2020, that according to new research on nearly 17,000 Brits with Covid-19 admitted to 166 UK hospitals, the largest study of its kind ouside of China, obesity increases the risk of dying from Covid-19 by as much as 37%.

The obesity trend was not identified in China because fewer people there are extremely fat.

Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra said said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was so badly affected by Covid-19 because he is “significantly” overweight, and that “slimmer” members of the cabinet, including Matt Hancock, were not hospitalized and recovered much more quickly.

Note that obesity is a causal factor for many of the other Covid-19 co-morbidities — those of diabetes, respiratory and cardiac diseases.

A 2012 study warned that at the rate we’re going, by the year 2030, in 10 years, more than 4 of every 10 (42%) Americans may become obese and 11% severely obese. 

Obesity is more than being over weight. The Centers for Disease Control classify a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 29.9 as “overweight,” anything above that as obese:

  • “Normal weight” means a BMI of 18.5–24.9
  • “Over weight” means a BMI of 25.0–29.9
  • “Obesity” means a BMI of 30.0–34.9
  • “Severe obesity” means a BMI of 35.0–39.9
  • “Morbid obesity” means a BMI of 40 or over

BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s mass (weight) by the square of his or her height, typically expressed either in metric or lbs. and inches. This is the formula:

BMI = mass (lb) ÷ (height in inches)² x 703

There’s an easier way to calculate your BMI. Click here!

Obese model Tess Holliday

Obesity being a 37% higher risk for dying from Covid-19 makes the recent bizarre media celebration of obese women like model Tess Holliday and rapper Lizzo even more perverse and objectionable. 

See DCG’s “Obese model Tess Holliday celebrates her 34th birthday” and “Unhealthy: Elle magazine features obese rapper Lizzo in order to promote ‘inclusivity’.”

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Media hypocrisy: Trump calling it ‘Wuhan virus’ is racist, but media hacks themselves called it just that

The current coronavirus is misnamed because it is not specific enough. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause respiratory tract infections. Coronaviruses include the common cold, the seasonal flu virus, and rarer forms such as SARS, MERS, and the current virus wreaking havoc around the world. That virus originated in China, in the city of Wuhan.

Note: SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respirtory Syndrome-CoronaVirus) had also originated in China — in southern China in 2002.

The medical name for the current coronavirus is SARS-CoV-2.

The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On Wednesday night, March 11, once again President Trump spoke to the nation about what the federal government is doing about the Wuhan coronavirus.

MSM jackals, especially CNN, seized on Trump calling the virus the Wuhan virus, and accused him of racism.

Why is that racist?

Did you know that MERS that first broke out in June 2012 in Saudi Arabia refers to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome?

Why is it okay to call MERS the “Middle East” coronavirus, but it’s racist to call the current coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China the Wuhan or Chinese coronavirus?

To top it off, the very same MSM jackals who are accusing Trump of racism themselves had referred to the virus as the Wuhan coronavirus! — which makes them, by their own yardstick, rank racists.

Here’s the evidence:

See also:

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Coronavirus precautions you should take from a medical doctor- virologist

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals (including bats) and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that are typically mild, such as the common cold, but rarer forms such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 can be lethal.

The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the virus particles (virions) having a fringe reminiscent of a crown or of a solar corona.

According to the CDC, in rare cases, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people. Three examples are MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and a new coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2. The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

All three of these animal-to-people coronaviruses have their origins in bats. Many of the earliest patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread, which then became person-to-person.

As of yesterday, March 2, 2020, the CDC says in the United States there are 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 17 hospitalized; 2 deaths; and 10 states reporting cases (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin).

James Robb, M.D., F.C.A.P. (Fellow of the College of American Pathologists), is a consulting pathologist to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR), and is also the Leader of the cancer Human Biobank (caHUB) Biospecimens Subgroup, Latin America Cancer Research Network (LACRN) Pathology Committee, and National Community Cancer Centers Biospecimens (NCCCP) Pillar. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Dr. Robb’s research interests include molecular oncologic and neurotropic virology.

In other words, Dr. Robb is a virologist — a molecular biologist who specializes in virology, the study of viruses and viral diseases. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus. More than that, Dr. Robb was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses in the 1970s.

Below is an email from Dr. Robb on the coronavirus precautions we should take (source: Eat This, Not That!, among many other websites):

When I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources.

The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April. Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.

(1) No Handshaking: Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

(2) Use only your knuckle: …to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

(3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip: Do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

(4) Use disinfectant wipes: …at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

(5) Wash your hands with soap: …for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from any activity that involves locations where other people have been.

(6) Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer: …available at each of your home’s entrances. And in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.

(7) Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue: …and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain an infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

(8) Use latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves: …for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas. Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! But all the surfaces where these droplets land on are infectious for about a week on average—everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs). The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.

(9) Stock up now on disposable surgical masks: …and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth. (We touch our nose/mouth 90 times a day without knowing it!) This is the only way this virus can infect you—it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth—it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.

(10) Stock up now on hand sanitzers: …and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.

(11) Stock up now with zinc lozenges: These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel any “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.

A final word: I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, but I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved. But there will be no drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.

I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. Good luck to all of us!

Click here for the CDC’s very useful Q&A on coronavirus and COVID-19.

H/t FOTM reader patrioticgofer

~Eowyn

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