Since the start of the pandemic, health experts have warned that those suffering from severe obesity – a BMI of more than 40 – are at increased risk of severe coronavirus infection and death. Now, the CDC claims that even those who are moderately obese have a higher chance of serious illness.
This week the CDC updated its guide, adding that those with a BMI between 30 and 40 are “at greater risk of serious illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.” They also added that those who are overweight, defined by a BMI of between 25 and 30, “may be at greater risk of serious illness from the virus that causes COVID-1
Minorities are more prone to severe infections
According to Center for Disease Prevention and Control, over 71% of Americans over 20 are overweight, obese, or severely obese, while nearly 40% are considered to be at least mildly obese.
On another page, he explains that “obesity is a common, severe and costly chronic disease,” adding that it is one of the reasons minorities are more prone to serious infections than whites.
“Obesity puts people at risk for many other serious chronic diseases and increases the risk of serious COVID-19 diseases. Everyone has a role to play in turning the tide against obesity and its disproportionate impact on racial groups and ethnic minorities “.
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How to stay safe
The CDC recommends that those who fall into this category take extra precautions. In addition to following the prevention methods outlined on their website – which include wearing masks, social distancing, practicing hand hygiene, and avoiding crowded indoor spaces – they also suggest continuing to treat the pre-existing condition.
“Take your overweight, obesity or severe obesity prescription medications exactly as prescribed,” they suggest. “Follow your doctor’s recommendations for nutrition and physical activitywhile maintaining the precautions of social distancing. Call your doctor if you are unsure or feel unwell. “
Researchers are still trying to figure out how much riskier the virus is for obesity sufferers. According to a meta-analysis of data involving 399,000 COVID-19 patients, published Aug.26 in Reviews on obesity, people with obesity who contracted the virus were 113% more likely to end up in hospital than those of healthy weight, 74% more likely to be admitted to intensive care, and 48% more likely to die. And to get through this pandemic in the healthiest way, don’t miss out on these 35 places you’re most likely to catch COVID.