August 3, 2020

Weekly review: These 5 health conditions make Covid-19 more dangerous. See your state's risk, mapped.

Daily Briefing

    These 5 health conditions make Covid-19 more dangerous. See your state's risk, mapped. (Monday, July 27)
    More than 40% of U.S. adults have at least one underlying health condition that puts them at an increased risk of developing a severe case of Covid-19, according a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published last month. See the states with the highest percentages of at-risk residents on our interactive map.

    The 134 'Best Hospitals,' according to US News (Tuesday, July 28)
    U.S. News & World Report last week released its 31st annual Best Hospitals rankings, which this year recognizes 134 hospitals for their performance in at least one of 16 specialties.

    A new blood test might diagnose Alzheimer's—20 years before symptoms appear (Wednesday, July 29)
    An experimental blood test was as accurate at detecting Alzheimer's disease in patients as much more costly and invasive procedures, according to a new JAMA study—findings that could soon make diagnosing the disease easier, more affordable, and more available.

    Why do Covid-19 patients lose their sense of smell? (It's not the reason anyone expected.) (Thursday, July 30)
    In a new study, researchers from Harvard University uncovered why the novel coronavirus causes many people to lose their sense of smell—and they say the explanation they discovered may be "good news" for patients.

    Map: Where young Americans are dying from Covid-19 (Friday, July 31)
    Adults under age 65 account for up to 29% of coronavirus-related deaths in some parts of the Southern United States, according to an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation—findings that underscore the risk the virus poses to younger adults.

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