Scientists May Have Discovered Why COVID Hits Fat People Harder, by Tyler Durden

Like a lot of diseases, it’s an undeniable fact that Covid takes a far heavier toll on the far heavier subset of the population. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Since the beginning of the pandemic, one of the most common denominators in deaths and severe Covid is obesity.

A vicious cycle…

Pre-vaccine, 73% of those who died of (or with) Covid-19 were either overweight or obese – which tracks with the percentage of overweight and obese Americans.

Distribution of deaths among adults hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States from March to December 2020, by body mass index

In addition to having generally poor circulatory health, an obese person is more likely to have other conditions that are risk factors for severe Covid, including low-level inflammation, diabetes and lung disease.

A September 2020 meta-analysis suggested a linear relationship between BMI and Covid-19 severity and mortality.

Meanwhile, and this is unrelated to the point of this article – 75% of Covid deaths to date (unvaxxed and vaxxed) in the United States are retirement age or older, with another 18% between the ages of 50 and 64-years-old. So the vast majority of US Covid deaths are in older Americans, 73% or so of whom are overweight or obese.

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