“We’re now seeing people in their 30s, 40s and 50s — young people who are really sick,” said Dr. Vishnu Chundi, an infectious disease specialist.
A team of OHSU infectious disease specialists studied the immune response of people who had been vaccinated with those who had been infected and then vaccinated.
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The Oregon Health Authority reported a fifth week of surging cases and a hospitalization rate of COVID-19 patients that has doubled.
The announcement ended suspense over a project first announced six months ago; Oregon is one of four states along or west of the Continental Divide that hasn’t adopted the technology.
Oregon State University researchers have found the British variant, B.1.1.7, which is about 50% more contagious and likely more deadly, in Grants Pass an McMinnville.
Oregon researchers found a case of a rapidly spreading coronavirus variant that was first detected in Britain combined with a mutation that could be more resistant to vaccines.
Scientists say unprepared immune cells appear to be responding to the coronavirus with a devastating release of chemicals, inflicting damage that may endure long after the threat has been eliminated.
Federal rules around who can be told about the variant cases are so confusing that public health officials may merely know the county where a case has emerged.