Young overweight people as vulnerable to Covid-19 as the elderly


Apart from age, body weight is another critical factor in aggravating the damage done by Covid-19, Asst Prof Opass Putcharoen, Head of Chulalongkorn Hospital's Emerging Infectious Diseases Clinical Centre, said on Tuesday.

He explained that the decline in lung and T cell immunity functions, including diabetes, may trigger young people who are overweight to develop severe Covid-19 symptoms similar to the elderly.

"According to a study by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US, Covid-19 patients who have body mass index over 35 have been admitted to the hospital more than others," he said.