Obesity Increases Risk Of COVID-19 Infection

COVID-19 and obesity
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Coronavirus pandemics affect every individual in one way or another, and there is an ever-increasing risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the removal of lockdowns. Multiple factors contribute to the development of coronavirus infection and its transmission. Further, the recovery rate is highly subjective and depends upon the physical and mental condition of the coronavirus patient.

According to the CDC, obesity disproportionately affects some racial and ethnic minority groups. African-Americans, as well as Hispanic adults, are more likely to develop severe COVID-19 due to economic, physical, emotional, and social inequities.

Factors That Can Increase Your Risk Of Coronavirus Infection

The novel coronavirus spreads through direct or indirect contact and is capable of staying in the air in suspended form. Droplets through the mouth or nose of COVID-19 patients containing the virus fall onto the surrounding surface while some droplets remain in the air. When a healthy individual comes into contact with these droplets, the risk of infection increases. 

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The risk of getting a coronavirus infection depends upon the extent of exposure to the virus. According to a study, if individuals are exposed to coronavirus for seventeen or more minutes per day, they are likely to develop COVID-19 infection. 

Besides, if you are overweight, then your risk of suffering from coronavirus infection increases. According to recent data, obesity has a deep association with coronavirus and other health conditions. Apart from coronavirus, obesity is associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. 

Additionally, if someone has a compromised immune system and does not follow precautionary measures, then they are likely to develop COVID-19 infection. Furthermore, unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle push one a step closer to the coronavirus.

Thus, maintain a proper, balanced diet rich in nutrients and follow precautionary measures to avoid being infected. Wear masks, wash hands, use sanitizer, keep social distance, and practice all precautionary measures. If you are obese, it is the need of the hour to lose weight as soon as possible.

Dr. Donald Hensrud is a preventive medicine expert and also the director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. According to Dr. Donald, obesity can increase the risk of COVID-19 by about 50%. Obesity doubles the risk of hospitalization with coronavirus infection. Besides that, the risk of death due to coronavirus infection also increases by about 50% if you are obese.

Obesity itself does not increase the risk, but the complications and diseases that develop in your body, of which obesity is a causing factor, increase the risk of developing COVID-19 infection. The comorbidities and obesity-linked complications cause the body to become weak against coronavirus invasion. 

Due to obesity, more severe symptoms of COVID-19 appear, and the survival rate reduces. Thus, healthcare professionals suggest individuals focus on their health. Health officials have also issued a warning that people with excess weight are at greater risk and need to control their weight. 

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According to Dr. Donald Hensrud, as per the latest studies, 42% of the adult population is obese. Moreover, another 32% of the population is overweight, and the risk of developing a COVID-19 infection begins to increase in overweight-people as well.

In conclusion, due to obesity, your health condition worsens, so weight management is essential to living a healthy life. According to Jessica Lancaster, an immunology researcher at Mayo Clinic, people need to realize that to deal with an unprecedented pandemic, they need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and they have the benefit of taking control of their health. 

More and more people are shifting towards a healthier lifestyle. With the pandemic wreaking havoc and claiming lives at an alarming rate, the time is ripe for everyone to start working on their lifestyles.

Adeena Tariq Lari
The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.