Tuesday, February 01, 2022

The Comorbidity Consideration.


As we noted recently, folks with pre-existing conditions (or comorbidities) clearly benefit significantly from full vaccination against the SARS-Cov-2 virus, both in terms of the fold decrease in hospitalizations but also in terms of reducing the increased risk of being hospitalized in absolute percentage terms:

And what are those comorbidities that contribute to the increased risk of severe disease, exactly?

Well here's the list, independent of age, according to Health Canada;


With that in mind, are there any professions where such comorbidities are particularly prevalent?

Probably not professional football players, especially those of either the quarterback and/or the wide receiver variety.

But what what about long haul truckers?

Well, it turns out that public health groups like, say, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. like to keep track of such things:
...Obesity (69% vs. 31%, P < 0.01) and current smoking (51% vs. 19%, P < 0.01) were twice as prevalent in long-haul truck drivers as in the 2010 U.S. adult working population. Sixty-one percent reported having two or more of the risk factors: hypertension, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, no physical activity, 6 or fewer hours of sleep per 24-hr period...


With numbers like that it sure is good to hear that 90% of Canada's cross-border truckers are already vaccinated, both for the sake of their health and their ability to freely move goods across the 49th parallel*.

*When, of course, they not being prevented from doing so by a group of very fine folks that apparently doesn't care that much about either the health or the livelihoods of those other folks who are actually trying to do the actual job of trucking things across the border.
And as for the sub-set of (presumably the same) very fine folks who are buoyed by the tweeting of the good Mr. Elon Musk?...They do understand that  Mr. Musk has big plans to end their careers for good, right?


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