Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Study Finds Risks for Severe COVID in Adolescents and Adults is a Function of Being Overweight or Obese

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Study Finds Risks for Severe COVID in Adolescents and Adults is a Function of Being Overweight or Obese

While the media and much of the government apparatus continuously project that COVID-19 is just as dangerous for all social and demographic cohorts, this isn’t the case as the elderly with comorbidities are far more at risk than young, healthy persons. Recently, researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles studied risk in more detail and discovered that age and being overweight or obese are associated with more severe COVID-19 outcomes, particularly respiratory symptoms. However, the study team declared they still are not aware if age and obesity represent risk factors for milder COVID-19 cases. The study was led by corresponding author Pia S. Pannraj with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. The study team also noted the overwhelming evidence that children hospitalized for COVID-19 struggle with diagnoses involving overweight and obesity (OWOB).

The study team reports that being overweight or obese as an adolescent or adult is associated with worse respiratory symptoms that also last longer. The association with weight was not observed in children under 12 who overall have significantly fewer symptoms than adults and adolescents. This ...

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