Obesity and Coronavirus – level 2
Doctors say that there is a connection between obesity and serious COVID-19 cases.
There was a study that included 5,200 people who were sick with COVID-19. More than 30% of them were obese, and there was a high chance that these people would end up in hospital. This explains why some communities have more serious problems with COVID-19.
In the US, more than 42% of people are obese, and these are mainly Black and Hispanic people. This is the reason why so many sick people are Black or Hispanic.
Doctors know why obese people have more serious health problems when they catch the coronavirus. These people often have diabetes or heart problems, which makes it harder to fight COVID-19. Also, it is hard for obese people to breathe because of the fat around their lungs.
Difficult words: obesity (when someone is very fat), obese (very fat), diabetes (a disease in which the body cannot control sugar).
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