Report: COVID-19 death rate is 10 times higher in countries where the majority of adults are overweight
The death rate from COVID-19 is much higher in countries where the majority of adults are overweight, according to a new report.
The World Obesity Forum found that by the end of 2020, the death rate from the coronavirus in countries where more than 50% of the adult population is overweight was about 10 times higher than in countries where fewer than half of the adult population met these criteria fulfilled shows the study published on Wednesday.
The study included data from more than 160 countries, researchers said.
“As we show in this report, increased body weight is the second largest predictor of hospitalization and a high risk of death for people suffering from COVID-19,” the report said. “Only age rates as a higher risk factor.”
There have been more than 2.5 million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide, including more than 500,000 deaths from the virus in the United States, most of a country.
More than 115 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people with obesity are at increased risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19.
In its new report, the World Obesity Forum stressed the need to recognize “obesity as a major risk factor for infectious diseases including respiratory viruses”.
– New York Daily News
The US military defenses knocked off 3 to 4 missiles during the Iraqi grassroots attack
WASHINGTON – A U.S. artillery defense system protecting U.S. and coalition forces at an Iraqi air base that was attacked this week shot down three or four incoming missiles before they were hit, a defense official said McClatchy on Thursday.
The Ain al-Asad Air Force Base in Iraq is a large training and logistics center for US and coalition forces. It was fired by about 10 short-range missiles on Wednesday, resulting in the death of a U.S. contractor who had a heart attack while protecting himself from the attack.
Al-Asad’s anti-missile, artillery, mortar (C-RAM) anti-missile defense system “busy” with incoming rounds and early evaluations show it hit three or four of the 122mm missiles, the official under the said Condition of anonymity.
There were ten known locations the base was hit, the official said, and it was not clear if more than ten missiles were fired or if the missiles fired by C-RAM were responsible for some of the ground damage .
The Department of Defense has not said who is responsible for the attack and Iraqi officials are still investigating it.
President Joe Biden pledged Wednesday to find out who was responsible for the attacks and hold them accountable.
In recent weeks, attacks on Iraqi military bases hosting US and coalition forces, including a February missile attack on the US military base in Erbil, attributed by the Pentagon to Iranian-backed militias, have sparked further US military action.
Last week, two F-15E Air Force fighter jets dropped seven precision-guided ammunition on known militia sites in Syria.
– McClatchy Washington Bureau
“QAnon Shaman” says he stormed the Capitol to “bring God back to the Senate.”
The man known as “QAnon Shaman” said he was only trying to spread good spirits and the word of God when he broke into the Capitol – and even stopped a brazen thief from stealing muffins from the break room.
33-year-old Jacob Chansley, who made national headlines during the January 6 riot for wearing horns, face-paint and a fur hat, said in his first interview from prison that he hoped to “bring divinity and God back in bring the Senate. ”
“I sang a song. And that’s part of shamanism. It’s about creating positive vibrations in a sacred chamber,” the Arizona man said in an interview that aired on CBS This Morning Thursday.
“I also stopped people from stealing and destroying this sacred space, the Senate. OKAY? I actually stopped someone from stealing muffins from the break room, ”he told correspondent Laurie Segall in the interview taped in mid-February.
Videos and photos of the deadly siege showed Chansley shirtless and a spear with an American flag pinned under the tip of the blade.
The accused rioter was famously photographed sitting in the seat of the Senate Chamber of former Vice President Mike Pence and he allegedly left a note threatening Pence.
Chansley apologized somewhat for his actions over the past month and asked people to “be patient with me and other peaceful people who, like me, have a very difficult time putting together everything that has happened to us, around us, and from us.”
He unsuccessfully apologized to former President Donald Trump.
– New York Daily News
Meghan Markle accuses the royal family of upholding “untruths” against her and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle claims the royal family lied and gossiped about her and her husband Prince Harry as the gap between the couple and Buckingham Palace continues to grow.
“I don’t know how to expect that after all this time we would still be silent if the (family) played an active role in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” Meghan, 39, told Oprah Winfrey in a teaser of the CBS Prime Time Special on Sunday.
“And if that comes with the risk of losing things, a lot has already been lost.”
The clip was released hours after Buckingham Palace announced it was investigating claims in the Times of London that Meghan had bullied royal aides, including two to quit and a third to undermine.
Buckingham Palace said it was “very concerned” about the allegations.
“Accordingly, our HR team will investigate the circumstances described in the article. Staff involved at the time, including those who have left the household, will be invited to attend to see if lessons can be learned, ”a statement said.
A Meghan spokesperson called the claims “a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation”.
Prince Harry and Meghan, who were married in May 2018, stepped down from their royal duties in late March after rumors of a rift with his brother William and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The couple welcomed son Archie in May 2019 and recently announced that Markle is pregnant with another child.
The two-hour prime-time special with Winfrey will air on Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
– New York Daily News
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