Obesity linked to increased in-hospital mortality in Covid-19 patients, especially men

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Obesity is a strong risk factor for death and severe pneumonia in patients infected with Covid-19, according to a new study – and the risk is higher for men than women.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, severe obesity may adversely affect lung function by directly altering the mechanical properties of the lungs and chest wall.

The study enrolled 3 530 Covid-19 patients in the United States. Their median body mass index (BMI) was 28.8 kg/m2.

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