A new study by the Johns Hopkins Institute directly linked a higher body mass index to severe COVID-19. Obesity is recognized as a significant risk factor for hospitalization and even death in all patients, including young people.
Cardiologist David Cass, the lead author, noticed at the beginning of the epidemic that among those who were hospitalized with COVID-19, there were many overweight people. In the following weeks, many reports began to indicate that obesity is a significant risk factor in COVID-19 and is often the leading cause of severe illness for young patients.
Cass and his colleagues collected data from six intensive care units in the United States and definitely proved that “in groups with a high prevalence of obesity, coronavirus is dangerous even for young people.”
The results are published in The Lancet.