Clinch County at high risk of big virus impact, analysis says
An analysis of counties especially vulnerable to a major COVID-19 outbreak points to a South Georgia county as having the highest risk in the nation. The health index, published by the New York Times, places Clinch County ahead of several other counties in the Southeastern region of the nation... Read more
Commentary: African Americans need help amid COVID-19
Health disparities that have long existed for African Americans are once more being demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Black Americans are disproportionately impacted by the virus, both in Georgia and nationally. In a new GHN Commentary, Dr. Shelby R. Wilkes says “extensive, equitable access to free and quick testing,’’... Read more
Protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19 
By Dr. Shelby R. Wilkes With the rising number of cases in the United States and especially in hot spots such as New York City, Chicago and New Orleans, the imperative for access to testing and health care equity for all Americans is critical in the present pandemic of... Read more
Here and elsewhere, obesity a major factor in severe COVID-19 illness
Obesity has emerged as a major predictor of severe COVID-19 illness, according to new research. That linkage is demonstrated in Albany, where dozens of patients have died of COVID-19 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Phoebe’s chief medical officer, Dr. Steven Kitchen, said the hospital has not yet gathered precise... Read more
Physical inactivity: Unhealthy, and all too common in Georgia
Not getting enough exercise? It’s not just you. More than one in four Georgians report that they are physically inactive, among the highest rates in the country, the CDC reports. Physical inactivity for adults is defined as not participating in any leisure-time physical activities over the last month –... Read more

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