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Food industry ‘shares blame’ for severity of COVID-19 pandemic

As evidence mounts that overweight and obese people are at much greater risk of developing life threatening COVID-19 consequences, public health experts have called on manufacturers to stop promoting the consumption of calorie laden food and drinks.

With obesity exacerbating COVID-19 severity, researchers suggest that part of the blame for the pandemic lies with the food industry.

Writing in the BMJ, scientists at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, part of Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom, argue that COVID-19 is “yet one more health problem exacerbated by the obesity pandemic.” 

In an editorial, they cite evidence that people who are overweight or obese are much more likely to develop severe infections of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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The side effects and risks of donating plasma

Plasma donation, also known as apheresis, can help save lives. It is a relatively safe procedure, but there can be minor side effects. 

Plasma is the liquid part of the blood. It contains proteins and antibodies that are crucial for clotting and immunity. Around 55% of the blood is plasma.

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A person may feel faint or dizzy after donating plasma.

Plasma donation involves drawing blood, extracting the plasma, and returning what is left of the blood to the person, all through a single needle that remains in the arm throughout the process. 

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Older men less worried about COVID-19, study suggests

A study has found that older men may worry less about COVID-19 and may be less likely to make behavioral changes in response to the pandemic.

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New research suggests that older men are less likely to worry about COVID-19, despite being at a higher risk than other demographic groups. 

New research has found that despite being a more at-risk demographic, older men are likely to worry less and make fewer behavioral changes in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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Empathy in the age of misinformation: An open letter to healthcare and science professionals

Dr. Yenting Chen is a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center emergency departments in Berkeley and Oakland, California. In this opinion piece, he discusses the importance of empathy when tackling misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Yenting Chen is on the frontline in the war against COVID-19 misinformation.

Recently, many of my peers in the healthcare and science professions have found themselves on a new, unexpected frontline in the war against COVID-19: the battle against widespread medical science misinformation on social media.  

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Fact check: 5G technology is not linked to coronavirus

The claim: 5G has been increasing and even causing the spread of coronavirus across the globe

Conspiracy theories that the novel coronavirus is caused by new telecommunications technology have gained traction over the past few weeks, despite a consensus among experts that such claims are wrong.

Viral posts on social media alleging that COVID-19 is either caused or exasperated by 5G technology have spread. Other posts allege that the virus itself is a cover-up for the adverse health impacts experienced from 5G exposure.

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Gender differences in COVID-19

COVID-19 affects people differently, in terms of infection with the virus SARS-CoV-2 and mortality rates. In this Special Feature, we focus on some of the sex differences that characterize this pandemic. 

All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out of date. Visit our coronavirus hub and follow our live updates pagefor the most recent information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are many ways in which the pandemic itself affects people’s day-to-day lives, and gender — understood as the ensemble of social expectations, norms, and roles we associate with being a man, woman, trans- or nonbinary person — plays a massive part.

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