Obesity And COVID-19 Disease

Diabetes and obesity found to increase COVID-19 severity

Obesity is also associated with other underlying conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, all of which likewise increase the risk of developing severe symptoms or complications due to COVID-19 disease. People withobesity presenting with extremely high Body Mass Index (BMI) may have lower lung volume and limited lung expansion, resulting in an increases risk of respiratory complications when they have lung infection. Furthermore, clinical studies found that severe obesity is a major risk factor for prolonged hospitalization and critical care. Moreover, if obese patients with COVID-19 infection have critical conditions that need intubation, it will be more difficult to manage compared to non-obese patients.

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