Obesity Statistics with Coronavirus COVID-19 Infected - Coronavirus Pandemic - Overweight and Obesity

Dangers of COVID-19 on Obese, Morbidly Obese Individuals

Conquering obesity and with the pandemic going on now isn’t easy, it is literally trying to tell someone to face their worst nightmares and inner demons. We all have our personal problems that we are facing every day and being obese isn’t any different. To me, the best way to face obesity is to understand the science and statistics of it.

Why Obese People Have Increased Risks and more Deadly Side Effects and Symptoms with Coronavirus COVID-19

Studies have shown that obese people have a higher chance of getting COVID-19. This is because they already have a low oxygen level and breathing problems in the lungs and the virus can spread from the air. A weak lung can result in an increased chance of getting Coronavirus due to its inability to fight the virus.[1]

To make matters worse, it is hard to tell if obese people caught Coronavirus. When one goes to the doctors, the doctors will have trouble giving one diagnosis due to their weight and positioning. They may also need an extra oxygen supply tube. [2]

I want to tell you about this researches and studies so you can understand better about it. I don’t mean to scare anyone in any way.

About Coronavirus

  • Coronavirus is a virus that was first transmitted from an animal to a human. This virus can be transmitted from human to human.
  • This virus can be spread when a person coughs or sneezes in the air, though the droplets from the cough and sneeze only travel a few short feet before dropping to the ground. Right now in the United States, there are around 43,000 confirmed cases and 1,700 deaths. That is a death rate of 4% (1,700/43,000).
  • The Coronavirus symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, diarrhea, headache.
  • If you experience any of these symptoms please call your doctor right away.

Primary Risk Factors of COVID-19

Are you at a higher risk of COVID-19 than others? Here are the major risk factors of individuals who have a higher chance of contracting this disease: [3]

  • Obesity
  • People 65 years or older
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Heart conditions
  • Kidney diseases
  • Liver diseases
  • People who work in nursing and human care facilities

What Defines Obesity and Morbid Obesity?

What Defines Obesity and Morbid Obesity - COVID-19 Risk Factors

Obesity is when a person carries an excessive weight that impacts their health in a negative way. Health Problems relating to obesity: Diabetes, Asthma, Lung Disease, Heart Conditions, Kidney Diseases, Liver Diseases. A high BMI, generally beyond 30, may suggest a person is obese. A BMI (Body Mass Index) can measure if a person is obese based on their height and weight.

  • BMI of 20 to 24.9 is Normal.
  • BMI of 25 to 29.9 is Overweight.
  • BMI of 30+ is Obese.
  • BMI of 40+ is Morbidly Obese.

How to Prevent COVID-19 and Reduce Your Risk?

  • Keep a good distance from everyone when going out.
  • Eat Healthy and have proper nutrition.
  • Exercise frequently to have a stronger immune system.
  • Clean your house frequently to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Wash your hands with soap often. Use the 20 seconds rule.
  • Wear a mask and gloves when going out.
  • Stay at home as much as you can.

What to do if I have COVID-19?

If you or anybody that has coronavirus please call your doctor immediately for assistance. See above for the major symptoms. If you have the common symptoms such as a cough or cold, don’t be too alarmed but just call your doctor just to make sure you are alright.

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