Heart disease risk increases after COVID

From Nature: “Even a mild case of COVID-19 can increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular problems for at least a year after diagnosis, a new study1 shows. Researchers found that rates of many conditions, such as heart failure and stroke, were substantially higher in people who had recovered from COVID-19 than in similar people who hadn’t had the disease.

“What’s more, the risk was elevated even for those who were under 65 years of age and lacked risk factors, such as obesity or diabetes.”

Read the story here: Heart-disease risk soars after COVID — even with a mild case (nature.com).

Bookmarks: Stories about mRNA vaccines, SARS-CoV-2 roots, coronaviruses

Bookmarking this Nature article to read later about mRNA vaccines, which have been used against COVID-19 but could be used against other diseases as well: The tangled history of mRNA vaccines (nature.com).

Bookmarking this Nature Ecology and Evolution article to read later about SARS-CoV-2 roots: SARS-CoV-2 roots | Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Bookmarking this NIH article to read later about coronaviruses replication and pathogenesis: Coronaviruses: An Overview of Their Replication and Pathogenesis (nih.gov).

COVID-19 cases rise due to delta variant, vaccination slowdown

COVID-19 cases are rising again in the United States, about tripling in terms of new cases per day, as the delta variant takes hold and vaccinations slow down.

The Washington Post had this story on Friday, July 16, 2021: Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/16/covid-cases-rising/

From the article: “More than 97 percent of hospitalizations are among those who are unvaccinated, Walensky said, and almost all covid-19 deaths — which climbed 26 percent in the past week — are among people who have not received a shot.”

COVID making unvaccinated sick

Last year, there were a lot of news stories about people who considered COVID-19 to be a hoax getting infected and sick, and then warning others to take it seriously.

This year, there a lot of news stories about people hesitating or refusing to get the vaccine, getting sick, and then urging others to get it.

It’s very unfortunate, and it all seems so unnecessary.

Here a few of the recent stories about COVID-19 among the unvaccinated:

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Two interesting stories about the COVID-19 lab leak hypothesis

Here are two interesting stories about the COVID-19 lab leak hypothesis: