In the shadows and not really part of the general narrative is the relationship between obesity, Covid-19, and increased risk for those with a BMI in the danger zone – between 30 and 40+.
The National Health Library and Knowledge Service have compiled this resource in response to the top five questions the Irish public has asked.
From the authors: "The resources are listed in our estimated order in which they are relevant to healthcare professionals faced with this scenario in an Irish context."
1. How high is the risk that a person with obesity will develop COVID-19 compared to a person without obesity?
2. What is the risk that a person with obesity will develop serious illness due to COVID-19?
3. How is serious illness defined in obese people with COVID-19?
4. Do people with obesity have higher mortality from COVID-19?
5. How does obesity affect children with COVID-19? Rehabilitation after COVID-19 in obese patients?
If you've never measured your BMI before, try our BMI calculator. Covid-19 and an increased risk exist for those whose BMI is in the obesity category.
This is a detailed resource that covers 5 critical questions regarding Covid-19 and obesity.
As more and more data is being compiled, especially regarding long covid (a term used to describe the effects of Covid-19 that last for weeks or months beyond the original illness), assessing one's vulnerability is more important than ever.
This is a link to a comprehensive report available in PDF format.