Cleveland Clinic Retrospective Study Indicates Obese Patients Face Higher Probability of Long COVID

Cleveland Clinic Retrospective Study Indicates Obese Patients Face Higher Probability of Long COVID

Cleveland Clinic researchers recently completed a study indicating long-term COVID-19 complications may be more pronounced in individuals struggling with obesity. Led by Dr. Ali Aminian with Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute in the Department of General Surgery, the published study indicates that those diagnosed with moderate to severe obesity face a 30% higher risk associated with long-COVID.

The Study

The Cleveland Clinic team performed a retrospective analysis of a prospective, observational, IRB-approved clinical registry of all patients tested positive by RT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 infection within the Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS) from March 11, 2020, to July 30, 2020, with a follow-up review by January 27, 2021.

Several patient categories were excluded, from those with no Body Mass Index (BMI) data to individuals with a history of organ transplant, those currently pregnant, and more.

The Findings

The risk of hospitalization was 28% and 30% higher in patients with moderate and severe obesity, respectively, as compared to those patients with what is considered a normal BMI. Patients that were classified as moderate and severe required a 25...

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