Does weight play a role in surviving COVID-19?
In one study, researchers analyzed COVID-positive patients from New York below the age of 60. They found out that obese patients are twice as likely to be hospitalized than patients who have a normal BMI. Additionally, the results showed that obese patients are 1.8 times more likely to receive critical care.
Note: People who have large builds are not automatically obese. Medically speaking, being obese means having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more.
According to the CDC, people with serious heart conditions like coronary artery disease, heart failure, and cardiomyopathy have an increased risk of suffering from severe COVID-19 infections. However, doctors are still encouraging people with healthy hearts to be careful. This is because the virus may “attack” a supposedly healthy heart and cause deadly complications.
For instance, the first COVID-19-related death in the US affected a 57-year old woman, who, by all means, had a healthy heart of normal size and weight. Reports even stated that she worked out regularly to maintain her health. Apparently, the virus attacked her heart’s muscles, causing the organ to burst.
Other Conditions that Increase Risk of Severe COVID-19 Infection
The following conditions also raise the risk of severe COVID-19 complications:
- Sickle cell disease
- COPD or Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Weakened immunity in relation to organ transplant
- Chronic kidney disease