I noticed this recently on 23andMe – 23andMe’s COVID-19 Information Center: https://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/covid-19-information-center/. Slightly longer article that also covers Differences in Susceptibility and Severity and Other Underlying Chronic Health Conditions.
Even with promising COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon, it will likely be many months before they are widely available. This means that we must continue to do what we can to lower our risk and help prevent the virus’s spread.
As the World Health Organization leaders said recently: “We may be tired of COVID-19, but it is not tired of us.”
To help our customers and others during this next phase in the pandemic, 23andMe wanted to remind readers of its COVID-19 Information Center. To create this resource, our scientists culled through data from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We also condensed data from our own COVID-19 research study looking at genetic differences in both susceptibility and severity of the disease. The site includes data from both sources and offers people a place to learn more about the virus. It also highlights conditions that carry added risks, and actions you can take to lessen your risk.
With the numbers and rate of infections continuing to climb this fall, taking preventative actions and understanding risk is even more critical than ever. It’s sobering to note that in just nine months, the number of confirmed cases in the United States went from one to more than 10 million.
Beyond the stunning trajectory in the rate of infections, the numbers also illustrate that the virus hits each person differently. The virus can be deadly for some. Projections estimate that deaths from COVID in the U.S. will exceed 300,000 by the end of 2020. For many others, infections will mean hospitalization, or it may result in on-going health issues. But for the majority of those who are infected, the effects may be relatively mild.