Obesity and COVID-19

If you’ve been putting off whipping yourself into shape, it’s time to get serious.

According to a renowned cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, fatty tissue has a high amount of the “docking” protein that COVID uses to break into cells — allowing fat to “serve as a viral refuge and replication site, thus prolonging virus shedding.”

It was already obvious that COVID has an affinity for fat, but a recent study has proven that obesity is a dominant risk factor for COVID-19 mortality.

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, using information from their insured patients, gathered very good data on the health characteristics of 6,916 COVID-infected people (KP’s paper, incidentally, is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a first-class, peer-reviewed journal).

Findings showed that persons with a BMI below 39 ran a minimal risk of death. Over that line, however, the added risk took off like a jet. In the 40-44 BMI range, mortality rose 168%, while the 45+ group saw a 318% spike.

Bottom line: the confluence of poor cardiovascular conditioning, subpar nutrition, and widespread depression is making us more vulnerable to this opportunistic virus.

So enough is enough. Time to make a stand. Start by making healthier decisions, little by little, beginning today.

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Ben Barfett, Principal and Consultant, has spent his life in the construction sector, specifically heavy civil, enviro, commercial, and energy. Having held senior roles in business development, technical advisory, and regional management, he earned his stripes in the field and in head office. Conscious of the interplay between commercial, legal, and execution aspects of construction, his business insights are informed by expertise in WCB policy and enhanced with disability-specific training. 

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