A team of researchers from Kaiser Permanente concluded in a study that obesity increases the risk of death from SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic. The retrospective study led by investigators from Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation scrutinized 6,916 patient records of those who tested COVID-19 positive between February 13, 2020 to May 2, 2020.
The retrospective study results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The findings had some interesting surprises.
As reported in a Kaiser Permanente press release, the study team examined electronic health records of 6,916 Kaiser Permanente Southern California members who tested positive for COVID-19 between February 13, 2020 and May 2, 2020. The mean age of the patients was 49 years and mean body mass index, or BMI, was 30.5. A BMI of 30 to 39 is considered obese, 40 to 44 is severely obese and 45 or higher is extremely obese.
This observational, retrospective type of study found, according to the major American health system, that “the risk of death from COVID-19 associated with obesity is not uniform among those who are obese, but instead disprop...
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