The coronavirus has killed more than 400,000 people and infected more than 7 million worldwide. The U.S. has surpassed 110,000 deaths and has 2 million cases. Here in Canada, nearly 8 thousand have people have died as the country inches closes to 100,000 cases.

But among those numbers, Black people are being disproportionality affected.

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The Colour of Coronavirus

Figures compiled by the APM Research Lab titled “Color of Coronavirus” found Black Americans are dying of Covid-19 at three times the rate of white people. To date, more than 20,000 Black Americans have died from the disease. That’s 50.3 per 100,000 people, which works out…

As countries begin to flatten the curve and rollout economic re-opening plans, we’re learning more about how the coronavirus is affecting populations around the world. Dozens of studies are now highlighting an interesting pattern among COVID-19 patients: the prevalence of comorbidities, and how they can predict more severe outcomes.

The most common types of comorbidities in these studies are non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases alone kill 41 million people each year. That works out to 71% of all deaths globally. …

In six days’ time the BBC published three sensational articles about plant based diets as part of their “Future” series. The articles make flimsy assumptions and cite outdated studies (many of which were industry funded). One was about vegan diets negatively impacting intelligence (you can read a response to that article here), another was on vegans having higher risk of stroke (response here), and their latest article was about how vegan junk food is worse than its meat counterpart.

“…vegan fast food alternatives are often worse for your health than the meat equivalent.” — William Park, BBC

There seems to…

The BBC published an article suggesting that eating a vegan or vegetarian diet can affect your intelligence in a negative way. Nearly every claim is either totally untrue or misleading.

Besides using debunked or outdated opinion pieces and studies to make her case, the author also appealed to false authority (citing a philosopher of biology — not a biologist; and relying heavily on the opinion of Taylor Wallace, who’s written about the benefits of drinking milk, supports industry-funded research, and criticized the EAT-Lancet report for its suggestion to reduce meat consumption for planetary and individual health), appeal to emotion (citing…

Clinton Stamatovich

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