HealthDay Reports: Obesity Ups Odds for Severe COVID-19 in Younger Patients
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity in American adults was 42.4% in 2017-2018. Two new studies took a look at weight and its connection to the severity of COVID-19 someone might experience.
WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It's clear that age and chronic disease make bouts of the pandemic coronavirus more severe -- and even deadly -- but obesity might also put even younger people at higher risk, a pair of new studies suggest.
The researchers suspect that inflammation throughout the body linked to obesity could be a powerful factor in the severity of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
And, they added, it could even be more significant than heart or lung disease.