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Video: Overweight People Are At Risk Of Severe Coronavirus Infection
Overweight people are at risk of severe coronavirus infection
A report from the British Intensive Care Research Center demonstrates that being overweight and obesity may be independent risk factors for severe COVID-19. Previously, experts associated the high risk of complications of the new coronavirus infection only with severe obesity.
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A report from the British Intensive Care Research Center demonstrates that being overweight and obesity may be independent risk factors for severe COVID-19.
Currently, severe obesity (body mass index over 40) is named among the factors in the development of severe forms of COVID-19. In this case, it is recommended to switch to remote operation mode and self-isolate.
The degree of risk that people with mild obesity or simply overweight are exposed to are not mentioned in the current guidelines on the new coronavirus infection. Currently, most of the prevention of complications of disease and death from it focuses on the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
Resuscitators analyzed the treatment of the first 196 COVID-19 patients who were admitted to intensive care units in the UK. Severe disease developed in 63 of these patients.
The 56 patients covered by the report had a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 30, indicating overweight. In 58 people, BMI was from 30 to 40 (obesity), in 13 people it exceeded 40 (severe obesity).
BMI is an indicator used to diagnose obesity. To get it, you need to divide the weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters.
Also, British resuscitators reported that just over a third of their patients are people over the age of 60. This suggests that not only the elderly are at risk. The study notes that more men than women were admitted to the intensive care unit. Most of the patients had severe comorbidities.