03 June 2020
HealthDay Reports: Similar to Adults, Obesity Raises Kids' Odds for Severe COVID-19
Obesity has been a noted risk factor for adults who develop severe COVID-19, and the same appears to be true with obese or overweight kids.
Similar to Adults, Obesity Raises Kids' Odds for Severe COVID-19
WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If a child is infected with the new coronavirus, being obese appears to greatly raise the odds for developing a severe form of COVID-19, a new study finds.
The report was based on 50 cases of pediatric COVID-19 severe enough to require admission to a New York City hospital.
Eleven (22%) of the 50 kids were obese, and six of the nine children who required a ventilator were obese, the study found.