From an article at ZDnet:
For months, scientists have been poring over data about cases and deaths to understand why it is that COVID-19 manifests itself in different ways around the world, with certain factors such as the age of the population repeatedly popping up as among the most significant determinants.
Now, one of the largest studies conducted of COVID-19 infection in the United States has found that obesity of patients was the single biggest factor in whether those with COVID-19 had to be admitted to a hospital.
Click for the journal article abstract at MedRxIv. At a single academic health system (Langone NYC Health Center) in NYC, COVID-19 patients with BMI over 40 were six times more likely to be admitted to the hospital than other patients. BMI over 40 is a very big person. Click to calculate your BMI. When the full article is available, we may learn how those with BMI over 40 performed in terms of ICU admissions, need for ventilators, and survival rates. Over 4,000 patients were studied.
From the ZDnet article:
“The chronic condition with the strongest association with critical illness was obesity, with a substantially higher odds ratio than any cardiovascular or pulmonary disease,” write lead author Christopher M. Petrilli of the NYU Grossman School and colleagues in a paper, “Factors associated with hospitalization and critical illness among 4,103 patients with Covid-19 disease in New York City,” which was posted April 11th on the medRxiv pre-print server. The paper has not been peer-reviewed, which should be kept in mind in considering its conclusions.
That’s not in the abstract I read.
Steve Parker, M.D.