Obesity carries a number of risks when it comes to the Coronavirus, but according to a new study when a COVID vaccine is finally developed it may not work on those salad dodgers.
If Stacey Abrams and Jerry Nadler want the COVID vaccine to work… They may want to start hitting the gym instead of that ‘all you can eat’ $5 buffet.
New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that obese people are 48% more likely to die of COVID-19, and more than double may land up hospitalized.
The recent study found that the excessive sugar in the blood and excess swelling of blood vessels of those who are obese may interfere with immune cells, which makes them poor candidates for a vaccine.
According to the Daily Mail, that means the 40 million Americans who are obese—the ones who may need that extra protection from a vaccine—are among the least likely to benefit.
“We’re not saying the vaccine will be ineffective in populations with obesity,” Melinda Beck, a professor of nutrition, and author of the study said. “But rather that obesity should be considered as a modifying factor to be considered for vaccine testing. Even a less protective vaccine will still offer some level of immunity.”
The researchers found that people with excess body weight, defined as having a body mass index or BMI over 30, had weaker immunity after a flu vaccine and were twice as likely to still get the flu even after receiving the sot, according to the Daily Mail.
The scientists at UNC also reviewed data from 75 studies conducted between January and June involving 400,000 COVID-19 patients. They found that obese people had a 46% greater risk of catching COVID-19 and their chances of landing up in the intensive care unit were 74% higher than those of normal weight, according to CNN.
Obesity has already been known as a potential risk factor for the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that says it increases your risk for severe illness.