Obese people are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications, reveals new study

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A worrisome relation between COVID-19 and obesity has been explored in a novel review of COVID-19 studies. Researchers, after examining the available published literature on individuals infected with the virus, found that those with obesity (BMI over 30) were at a higher risk for hospitalization.

The study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also raised concerns about obesity’s impact on the effectiveness of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

It is to be noted that overweightedness is already associated with several underlying risk factors for COVID-19 like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, among others.