ZDNet reported on a study which determined that obesity is the single biggest factor, after age, in whether someone who contracted the Wuhan Virus had to be hospitalized.
“The chronic condition with the strongest association with critical illness was obesity, with a substantially higher odds ratio than any cardiovascular or pulmonary disease,” wrpte lead author Christopher M. Petrilli of the NYU Grossman School and colleagues in a paper, “Factors associated with hospitalization and critical illness among 4,103 patients with COVID-19 disease in New York City,” which was published April 11 on the medRxiv pre-print server.
It should be noted that the paper has not received a peer-review.
In addition to other factors, the presence of obesity in the study suggests that increased inflammation in patients could have greatly impacted those who contracted the virus.
Petrilli and colleagues at the Grossman School, in partnership with doctors at the NYU Langone Health center, observed the electronic patient records of 4,103 individuals who caught the Wuhan Virus in the New York City healthcare system between March 1 and April 2.
It is “the largest case series from the United States to date,” wrote Petrilli and colleagues.
In the researchers’ view, the purpose of the study was “understanding which patients are most at risk for hospitalization is crucial for many reasons,” which includes how to triage patients and how to prepare for medical needs.
In this case, obesity was measured as weight in relation to a person’s height. The authors used a metric scale, so a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and higher is considered obese.
Age is still the largest determinant for hospitalization. “Age is far and away the strongest risk factor for hospitalization, dwarfing the importance of obesity,” co-author Leora Horwitz told ZDNet in an email. “Obesity is the most important of the chronic conditions when considering all such conditions simultaneously.”
Doctors David S. Ludwig and Richard Malley of Boston Children’s Hospital wrote in a The New York Times piece that Americans’ risk from the virus is heightened by the fact that they are for the most part “too diseased.”
“The huge burden of obesity and other chronic conditions among Americans puts most of us at direct risk,” they wrote. “In fact, with obesity rates in the US much higher than affected countries like South Korea and China, our outcomes — economic- and health-wise — could be much worse.”
America will obviously need to get its border policies right in order to prevent future pandemics from foreign sources.
However, Americans will need to exercise more discipline in terms of their diets as a means of enhancing their quality of life and preventing themselves from being casualties of future epidemics.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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