In the general linear model adjusted for age, sex, comorbidities, and BMI, serum 25(OH)D concentrations were significantly lower among COVID-19 patients than the 2018–2019 controls [ln transformed values of 3.32 ± 0.04 vs. 3.46 ± 0.022 ln (nmol/L), P = 0.014]. Multivariable logistic regression showed that male sex (OR: 2.26; 95% CI: 1.06, 4.82), advanced age (≥65 y) (OR: 4.93; 95% CI: 1.44, 16.9), and vitamin D deficiency (<30 nmol/L) (OR: 2.72; 95% CI: 1.23, 6.01) were significantly associated with COVID-19 severity (all P < 0.05).
These findings suggested that vitamin D deficiency impacts COVID-19 hospitalization and severity in the Chinese population.Vitamin D Deficiency Is Inversely Associated with COVID-19 Incidence and Disease Severity in Chinese People — The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 151, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 98–103, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxaa332
More links are in my last post Vitamin D – What’s Your Level?
I am hoping all of my Chinese relatives read this.
It is unknown how the virus made it onto the chopping board at Xinfadi market in Beijing’s Fentai district, but the discovery came in conjunction with a cluster of cases and has forced its closure.
Lin Li, chief scientist of a team that monitors aquatic disease and control in Guangdong Province, told the newspaper it’s not possible for live salmon to be contaminated with the virus given it lives in the ocean, neither can frozen salmon be a source of the novel coronavirus which can only exist in active cells.
New China COVID-19 outbreak to directly impact ‘salmon business around the world’
By now anyone who stops by this blog knows I’m obsessed with Covid-19 and try to learn as much as I can by reading widely. When I heard about the potential salmon connection I had to find more to read. And I did.
IntraFish Media is the world’s leading source of news, prices and analysis for the global seafood, commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries.
I like salmon and usually buy the farmed version over the wild version despite the nutritional differences. When I was on the company’s website I found this link:
I clicked the link and got this:
Memo to Self:
File under Things That Make You Go Hmmm……
Fei Zhou, MD, from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and colleagues conducted a retrospective, observational, multi-center cohort study of 191 patients, 137 of whom were discharged and 54 of whom died in the hospital.
The study, published online today in The Lancet, included all adult inpatients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 from Jinyintan Hospital and Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital who had been discharged or died by January 31 of this year. Severely ill patients in the province were transferred to these hospitals until February 1.
Overall, 91 (48%) of the 191 patients had comorbidity. Most common was hypertension (30%), followed by diabetes (19%) and coronary heart disease (8%)…The average age of survivors was 52 years compared to 69 for those who died. Liu cited weakening of the immune system and increased inflammation, which damages organs and also promotes viral replication, as explanations for the age effect.
Click the link below for the full source article.
Risk Factors for Death From COVID-19 Identified in Wuhan Patients
Despite the fact that the COVID-19 coronavirus has nothing whatsoever to do with Corona, the parent company of the Mexican lager has nonetheless suffered a crushing financial loss due to the growing pandemic. Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev), the international producer and distributor of Corona beer, reported Thursday that a decline in Chinese on- and off-premise…
via Corona Sales Plummet in China Amid Coronavirus Pandemic — VinePair
In China Rx, Gibson and Singh discuss China’s long-term strategy to destroy the markets of Western countries in China and take over vital industries. They cite the expectation of technology transfer held over Western companies who want access to China’s explosive domestic market. Many Chinese nationals employed by American pharmaceutical firms have stolen trade secrets and provided them to Chinese companies. Plus, China is heavily involved in cyber-espionage to steal treatment protocols, manufacturing plant specifications, and cost and pricing data to undercut U.S. companies and co-opt government-funded research.
It’s not just the carcinogens in your blood pressure medications. The game is much bigger.
Is Your Generic Medication Made In China and Is It Safe?
Where Are My Generics Medications Made? India, China, or the US?
A study of more than 1,200 luxury real estate purchases in B.C.’s Lower Mainland in 2016 found that more than 10 per cent were tied to buyers with criminal records. Continue reading →
via Secret police study finds crime networks could have laundered over $1B through Vancouver homes in 2016 — Global News
The top executive at Genworth Financial Inc. assured analysts and investors Monday that the proposed sale to a China-based investment firm was “the best option” to preserve and create value for shareholders.
Genworth, a major seller of home mortgage insurance and long-term care insurance, announced Sunday evening that its board agreed for the Henrico County-based company to be bought for about $2.7 billion by Beijing-based China Oceanwide Holdings Group, a privately held international financial company that has been expanding its holdings in the U.S.
Source: Genworth CEO: selling company to China-based firm is ‘best option’ – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Richmond Area Business News