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Two-thirds of adolescent hospitalizations diagnosed with severe Covid were obese patients
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Two-thirds of adolescent hospitalizations diagnosed with severe Covid were obese patients

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According to a recent CDC analysis of adolescents aged 12 to 17 hospitalizations, more than 60 percent of children with severe Covid-19 effects were obese.

“Among children and adolescents with SARS-CoV-2 infection admitted to six hospitals during July–August 2021, 77.9% were hospitalized for acute COVID-19. Among these patients, approximately one third aged <5 years had a viral coinfection (approximately two thirds of which were respiratory syncytial virus) and approximately two thirds of those aged 12–17 years had obesity; only 0.4% of age-eligible patients were fully vaccinated,” the reports said.

The CDC examined statistics from 6 hospitals in the United States and 915 cases of Covid-19.

"Among patients aged 12–17 years, 61.4 percent had obesity," according to the study, "60.5 percent of whom had severe obesity."

Although children are more likely to die or experience severe side effects from vaccinations than from Covid, obesity is becoming a factor that can lead to death.

"Compared with patients without obesity, those with obesity required higher levels and longer duration of care," wrote the study's authors. "These findings are consistent with previous reports and highlight the importance of obesity and other medical conditions as risk factors for severe COVID-19 in children and adolescents."

Image: New York National Guard / Flickr

Author: Usa Really