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People with paranormal beliefs spooked by science and the COVID-19 vaccine, WVU sociologists suggest

Previous research has shown people with conservative religious beliefs are more likely to lack confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, but most studies have observed only mainstream or institutionalized religious forms. WVU researchers were curious whether paranormal beliefs — beliefs in astrology and spirits, for instance — would be associated with a similar lack of confidence.

Obesity and biological sex may make individuals more vulnerable to COVID-19, WVU study suggests

A new animal study from Katherine Lee — a researcher with the West Virginia University School of Medicine — investigates why individuals with obesity may have a particularly difficult time fending off SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Specifically, female obese mice experienced worse disease symptoms, showing the importance of both obesity and biological sex in COVID-19 outcomes.