Nearly one-third of ICU coronavirus patients in a Houston hospital system are reportedly under 50
Texas has emerged as one of the United States’ coronavirus hot spots in recent weeks, and data shows the recent spike doesn’t completely match up with the early days of the pandemic in terms of demographics.
Back in April, when the virus first peaked, most of the patients testing positive in the Houston Methodist Hospital system were over 50, The New York Times reports. Now, the majority are reportedly relatively young. And while it’s widely believed younger, healthier people are at a lower risk of developing severe infections or dying, there are no guarantees. In the Methodist system, nearly one-third of intensive care patients are under 50, which the Times notes is higher than the previous surge.
Meanwhile, The Texas Tribune and Fox4 in Dallas previously reported that people under 50 made up 50 percent of those hospitalized with the virus in June, as well as 30 percent of those in intensive care.
The trend doesn’t appear to be confined to Texas, at least anecdotally. Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that states like Arizona, Florida, and California were also seeing more patients in their 20s, 30s, and 40s testing positive and winding up in the hospital. Read more about Houston Methodist Hospital’s experience with the coronavirus at The New York Times. Tim O’Donnell
Washington Redskins will ‘review’ team name after pressure from sponsors
Just one day after a major sponsor of the Washington Redskins issued a rebuke of the football team’s controversial name, the franchise announced it will “review” the moniker. FedEx, “a Fortune 100 company that for more than two decades has tied its brand to that of the team,” as The Washington Post reports, made the request on Thursday after investors worth more than $620 billion in assets urged the company to cut ties with the team unless the name was changed. Nike, another sponsor, removed Redskins merchandise from its online store Thursday.
The move is significant because it suggests the battle over sports team names “has shifted from moral appeals to business and political tactics,” the Post says, especially as the U.S. grapples with its long history of racial inequality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
FedEx owns the naming rights to the team’s stadium in Maryland, so its opinion could matter quite a lot. Team owner Daniel Snyder has long been pressured to change the team’s name, but he’s previously claimed the name honors Native Americans. This is the first time he’s relented. “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League, and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Snyder said in a statement.