That obesity is an important only risk factor for poor COVID outcomes was known early in the epidemic. Nevertheless, we adopted lockdowns which caused more obesity. The worse COVID results in turn increased demand for lockdown...
High BMI (#obesity) is associated with worse #COVID_19 outcomes - significantly higher risk of hospitalization, ventilation, and death. Why? Obesity causes inflammation, which impairs immune function, and decreases lung capacity. Source: Kompaniyets et al. 2021 @CDCMMWR

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The "cure" exacerbated the disease. It still is.
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How this is a surprise to anyone is mind-boggling. Inflammation is a precursor for pretty much every disease.
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So are we gonna mandate healthy diets or folks lose their livelihoods? ๐Ÿค”
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So what do we do to minimize inflammation? Weight loss takes time.
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Thanks for sharing Dr. Bhattacharya, did I read this correctly that a BMI of 25-29.9 BMI is protective against death, ICU and IMV but not hospitalization when compared with <25 BMI?
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As well as closing gyms and not allowing kids to play on playgrounds.
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For normal non weightlifting BMI is a good start, otherwise you need to measure for an accurate result.
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The most obvious data point on this 10+ months ago was looking at the countries with lowest hospitalizations - virtually every country doing well was also some of the least obese countries in the world.
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the lack of using obesity as a proven risk factor, when formulating policies, seems like a major failure for a system that claimed to be "following the science". wokeness requires ignoring the fat, it might make someone feel bad, a microaggression
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