Obesity hits numerous people across the world. World Health Organisation stated more than 1.9 billion adults to be overweight in 2016. 650 million among them were said to suffer from obesity.
Obesity is said to be one of the precursors of coronavirus contamination. In other words, it is a higher risk factor to cause complications if someone suffers from the global pandemic.
This view has equally been supported from a medical point of view because obesity is very much connected to poorer outcomes for those who are infected with the coronavirus. Studies in the US and in China have also confirmed this study – that coronavirus is more likely to strike people who are obese.
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In regard to the alarming rate of obesity across the world, the World Obesity Federation also underlines that coronavirus contracted people “will also have a BMI over 25”.
There are various reasons why obesity is such a risk factor of covid -19. Overweight people mostly suffer from health issues, Type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Their immune system is a deficient one. It is weaker compared to that of healthy people because it is always ‘switched on’ to fight diseases and therefore there may not be enough in spare to combat a deadly pandemic like the coronavirus. Coronavirus gradually affects the lungs, once a person is inflicted with it.
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Thus, excess body weight makes it more difficult to handle the breathing difficulty. It is good to note that it a dire situation for an obese person if he or she has to be intubated as their neck is thicker, hence putting much pressure on the airways.
The fact cannot be veiled that appropriate medical equipment is not really made available for obese patients. Healthcare systems have not been set up appropriately to manage them during this pandemic crisis.