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"Obesity kills far more Americans than we think it does...[this study] suggests obesity accounts for about 18 percent of all deaths in the United States."
"Obesity has significant effects on respiratory function, which contribute significantly to the burden of respiratory disease."
"Persons with underlying health conditions or other recognized risk factors for severe outcomes from respiratory infections appear to be at a higher risk for severe disease from COVID-19 ..."
“Severe Obesity, Increasing Age and Male Sex Are Independently Associated With Worse In-Hospital Outcomes, and Higher In-Hospital Mortality, in a Cohort of Patients With COVID-19 in the Bronx, New
"Countries with higher prevalence of obesity are expected to have higher incidence of COVID-19 and complications."
"The CDC also found that for '…the 12% of adult patients with data on underlying conditions, 89.3% had one or more underlying conditions; the most common were hypertension (49.7%), obesity (48.3%), chronic lung disease (34.6%), diabetes mellitus (28.3%) and cardiovascular disease (27.8%)'”
“There is a greater concern for both infection and morbidity in those who suffer from lung diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthma.”
"Patients with COPD were 6.4 times more likely to develop severe disease, and 17.8 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care."