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Obesity in Patients Younger than 60 years is a Risk Factor for Covid-19 Hospital Admission

Published time: 09 April 2020

Authors: Jennifer Lighter, MD,  Michael Phillips, MD,  Sarah Hochman, MD, Stephanie Sterling, MD,  Diane Johnson, MD,  Fritz Francois, MD, Anna Stachel, MPH

Keywords: coronavirus, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, obesity


Risk factors for infectious disease severity are determined by the pathogen, host and environment. Covid-19 disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection includes a spectrum of illness; from asymptomatic infection to severe pneumonia characterized by acute respiratory injury in about 20% of patients presenting to medical care. The risk factors associated with disease severity, included increased age, diabetes, immune suppression and organ failure[3]. Recognition of risk factors for morbidity and mortality is important to determine prevention strategies as well as to target high-risk populations for potential therapeutics.

Obesity in patients younger than 60 years is a risk factor for Covid-19 hospital admission



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