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Obesity is major COVID-19 risk factor

Obesity is major COVID-19 risk factor, says French chief epidemiologist

 

* Overweight people "really need to be careful"

 

* America at risk due to prevalence of obesity

 

* As much as 17 million French people seriously at risk (Adds warning about the vulnerability that obesity brings)

 

By Geert De Clercq

 

PARIS, April 8 (Reuters) - Being overweight is a major risk for people infected with the new coronavirus and the United States is particularly vulnerable because of high obesity levels there, France's chief epidemiologist said on Wednesday.

 

Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the epidemic, said as many as 17 million of France's 67 million citizens were seriously at risk from the coronavirus because of age, pre-existing illness or obesity.

 

"This virus is terrible, it can hit young people, in particular obese young people. Those who are overweight really need to be careful," Delfraissy told franceinfo radio.

 

"That is why we're worried about our friends in America, where the problem of obesity is well known and where they will probably have the most problems because of obesity."

 

Delfraissy said 88% of those infected with the coronavirus suffered only severe flu-like symptoms.

The mortality rate for young people entering hospital with severe COVID-19 respiratory disease was about 2%, he said, but that rose to 14% for people who are more fragile.

 

Despite the rapid spread of the virus in France, the country is still far from getting to the point where 50% to 60% of the population has been infected and recovered and at which point a certain level of "herd immunity" is reached, Delfraissy said.

 

"Initial data show that the number of people who may have developed immunity is lower than we imagined, about 10-15%," said the veteran infectious diseases specialist who has led French research into Ebola and AIDS.

 

He said it was too soon to end France's lockdown, which started March 17 and is set to last until at least April 15.

 

The council's recommendation was for strict confinement to continue several weeks from now and that before the lockdown could be unwound, pressure on intensive care units (ICU) needed to ease and the spread of the virus slow.

 

On Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU rose by just 59 (1%) to 7,131 but the number of confirmed and probable cases reported nationally jumped by a record 11,059 or 11% to 109,069 as more and more nursing homes declared cumulative data for the first time.

 

A third condition for ending the lockdown was having sufficient stocks of equipment, Delfraissy said, notably masks, testing kits and tools for tracing infected patients.

 

French coronavirus testing capacity has risen from 3,000 per day in mid-March to 30,000 on a daily basis now, and will rise to 100,000-250,000 per day in about two weeks, he said.

 

Obesity has been cited as a possible explanation for higher than average per-capita COVID-19 death rates in the U.S. city of New Orleans and in Mexico. (Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Richard Lough)

 

 

 

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A far greater risk factor, however, is that of Tump's inability to lead and gross incompetence demonstrated by his:

 

- referral to the virus as a "hoax" .... convincing his cult followers to believe him and ignore stay at home guideline and orders ....... spreading the virus all around.

 

- sending 18 tons of vitally needed PPE and ventilators to China.

 

- massive funding cuts to the CDC and eliminating the CDC's Pandemic Team.

 

- Withholding PPE and ventilators to states who refuse to recognize him as a supreme leader.

 

- contradicting his own Pandemic Team and blocking them from answering questions that would expose his incompetentcy to the American people.

 

- refusal to accept ANY responsibility and instead insanely acknowledging  himself as a "cheerleader" on the sidelines.

 

- Contaminating his Pandemic Team with confusion, dysfunction and needless bitter arguments  by inserting his totally incompetent son-in- law into it for the sole purpose of unwarranted national exposure.

 

 

 

 

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Yes, that's what I said repeatedly in the article about how the South was the sickest part of America. They have a disproportionately high ratio of people with underlying conditions, including obesity.  

 

In any event, the medical profession and scientists will dissect the heck out of all of this, and we will have a clearer picture heading into the winter when we have to do this all over again.

 

How's everyone's exercise regimen going?   😄

 

 

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Jim posted..

Obesity is major COVID-19 risk factor, says French chief epidemiologist



* Overweight people "really need to be careful"



* America at risk due to prevalence of obesity



* As much as 17 million French people seriously at risk (Adds warning about the vulnerability that obesity brings)



By Geert De Clercq



PARIS, April 8 (Reuters) - Being overweight is a major risk for people infected with the new coronavirus and the United States is particularly vulnerable because of high obesity levels there, France's chief epidemiologist said on Wednesday.



Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the epidemic, said as many as 17 million of France's 67 million citizens were seriously at risk from the coronavirus because of age, pre-existing illness or obesity.



"This virus is terrible, it can hit young people, in particular obese young people. Those who are overweight really need to be careful," Delfraissy told franceinfo radio.



"That is why we're worried about our friends in America, where the problem of obesity is well known and where they will probably have the most problems because of obesity."



Delfraissy said 88% of those infected with the coronavirus suffered only severe flu-like symptoms.

The mortality rate for young people entering hospital with severe COVID-19 respiratory disease was about 2%, he said, but that rose to 14% for people who are more fragile.



Despite the rapid spread of the virus in France, the country is still far from getting to the point where 50% to 60% of the population has been infected and recovered and at which point a certain level of "herd immunity" is reached, Delfraissy said.



"Initial data show that the number of people who may have developed immunity is lower than we imagined, about 10-15%," said the veteran infectious diseases specialist who has led French research into Ebola and AIDS.



He said it was too soon to end France's lockdown, which started March 17 and is set to last until at least April 15.



The council's recommendation was for strict confinement to continue several weeks from now and that before the lockdown could be unwound, pressure on intensive care units (ICU) needed to ease and the spread of the virus slow.



On Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU rose by just 59 (1%) to 7,131 but the number of confirmed and probable cases reported nationally jumped by a record 11,059 or 11% to 109,069 as more and more nursing homes declared cumulative data for the first time.



A third condition for ending the lockdown was having sufficient stocks of equipment, Delfraissy said, notably masks, testing kits and tools for tracing infected patients.



French coronavirus testing capacity has risen from 3,000 per day in mid-March to 30,000 on a daily basis now, and will rise to 100,000-250,000 per day in about two weeks, he said.



Obesity has been cited as a possible explanation for higher than average per-capita COVID-19 death rates in the U.S. city of New Orleans and in Mexico. (Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Richard Lough)

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Thanks for that informative post....I am sure some will make fun of it like they do when one posts a informative post.

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At least, most of the fat isn't in Trump's head like it is in Illinois Governor, Pritzker's:

 

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If that is the case, Trump will be toast!

 

 

That's Not Trump: Images That Didn't Actually Show the President ...

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@Richva wrote:

If that is the case, Trump will be toast!

 

 

That's Not Trump: Images That Didn't Actually Show the President ...


The majority of people in this country are considered fat or obese.

 

Amazes me the number of anti-trumpers fat-shaming the president. What do you look like?

“Trump masquerades as an angel of light, but he is the father of lies”
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@AristotleOfGreece wrote:

@Richva wrote:

If that is the case, Trump will be toast!

 

 

That's Not Trump: Images That Didn't Actually Show the President ...


The majority of people in this country are considered fat or obese.

 

Amazes me the number of anti-trumpers fat-shaming the president. What do you look like?


I was just pointing out the health risks of obese, older, Americans.  Really, really obese older Americans

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@Richva Yeah...  With two photoshoped images?  The intellectual dishonesty on display here is astounding.

 

I pray for your health.

 

 

 

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