It poses a greater risk to people with obesity.
While it’s well known that the elderly and those with compromised respiratory systems are at a greater risk of contracting and dying from coronavirus, less discussed is the fact that obesity and diabetes can also make people more susceptible.
“Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to severe complications from viral infections of any kind, and as a result, are considered a high-risk population for COVID-19,” says Rocio Salas-Whalen, MD, of New York Endocrinology. “Due to the pathophysiology of diabetes, patients can take longer to heal, putting them at risk for developing complications from the virus. This is true with any type of infection in diabetes.”
Salas-Walen also points to research that has found that excess weight changes the efficacy of the flu shot. Considering that more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight, that could have important repercussions as coronavirus spreads in the States. And for more about another high-risk community, check out 6 Essential Elderly Care Tips to Follow During the Coronavirus Pandemic.